McConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE (R-Ky.) is set to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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. 
 
With GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health MORE (Ariz.) absent, Republicans effectively have 50 votes. That leaves them with no room for error if they are forced to go it alone. 
 
Three Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries 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."