McConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) is set to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE's new Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday as he begins to build support on Capitol Hill. 

Kavanaugh will meet with McConnell and Vice President Pence at 11:15 a.m., according to guidance released by the White House late Monday evening.
 
The meeting comes after Trump announced on Monday night that he would nominate Kavanaugh — currently a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
 
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McConnell's meeting marks the beginning of Kavanaugh's Capitol Hill charm offensive as he works to lock down the simple majority needed for his confirmation. 
 
Kavanaugh said during his remarks at the White House that he would begin meeting with senators on Tuesday. 
 
"I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic," Kavanaugh said. 
 
He added that if confirmed he would "keep an open mind in every case and ... always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law." 
 
The White House announced earlier Monday that former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) had agreed to sherpa Trump's latest high court pick through the Senate confirmation process.
 
Because Supreme Court nominees now only need a simple majority to be confirmed, Republicans could approve his nomination without help from Democrats if they remain united. 
 
 
Three Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampWashington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight Business groups aim to divide Democrats on .5T spending bill MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sanders traveling to Iowa, Indiana to pitch Biden's spending package Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE (Ind.) — supported Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year. All three face tough reelection battles in red states this November.
 
 
But he said in a statement on Monday night that Kavanaugh's tenure on the D.C. circuit "has proven to be a profound disappointment."