Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP can beat Democrats after impeachment — but it needs to do this one thing Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report Senate begins preparations for Trump trial MORE, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will sit down with President Obama's Supreme Court pick on Tuesday. 

The Iowa Republican and nominee Merrick Garland will have breakfast next week, the committee announced on its Twitter account. 
 
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Grassley invited Garland to the morning meeting earlier this week when the two spoke over the phone. The sit-down will mark the first time Garland has met with a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee since being nominated by Obama last month. A hearing before Grassley's committee is the first step toward confirmation.
 
But the chairman has said he believes the Supreme Court seat should be kept vacant until next year and has given no indication that he's willing to change his mind.
 
Beth Levine, a spokeswoman for Grassley, said earlier this week that the two could use the breakfast meeting to discuss "the nomination and why the Senate will not consider a nominee until the next president takes office." 
 
Garland will also meet with Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 MORE (R-Ariz.), another member of the committee, next week, as well as Republican Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (N.H.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Roberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight Murkowski wants senators to 'really hear the case' before deciding on impeachment witnesses MORE (Alaska) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to boost state cybersecurity leadership Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico MORE (Ohio). 
 
 
Democrats have homed in on Grassley as they work to pressure Republicans to take up Obama's nominee. 
 
 
"After they've crippled the judiciary, the Republican leader and Chairman Grassley want to hand it over to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE," he said, referring to the GOP presidential front-runner. "That would be disastrous. That's not what the American people want."