Manchin to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick next week
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday MORE (W.Va.) will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE's Supreme Court pick next week, marking the first known meeting with a Democratic senator. 

Manchin, who is running for reelection in a state Trump won by more than 40 percentage points, is set to meet with nominee Brett Kavanaugh next Monday, a Manchin spokesman confirmed. 
 
 
Kavanaugh has been meeting with senators as he works to lock down the 50 votes he'll need to be confirmed to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he has only met with Republicans so far.
 
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No other Democratic senator has announced that they are scheduled to meet with Kavanaugh. 

 
Heitkamp told reporters on Monday that she did not yet have a meeting scheduled, and Donnelly said he planned to meet with Kavanaugh "at some point" but did not have a sit-down on the books. Both Heitkamp and Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for reelection in November in states won by Trump during the 2016 presidential election. 
 
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said while he wanted to meet with Kavanaugh, he would wait until after the Judiciary Committee hearing that is expected to take place in late August or early September. 
 
Meanwhile, top Democrats are holding off meeting with Kavanaugh until they make progress on negotiations with Republicans on getting access to his past documents. 
 
Democrats are demanding work from his time in the Bush-era White House and work as a Clinton-era political operative be handed over as part of their review of his record. 
 
Democrats are powerless to stop Kavanaugh's nomination if Republicans hold together. With Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us MORE (R-Ariz.) absent as he battles brain cancer, Republicans would need to keep their caucus completely united if they want to confirm him without help from Democrats. 
 
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight Hillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, brushed off a question on Monday about Manchin's meeting, saying it was "fine" the red-state Democrat was meeting with him before they got a deal on documents. 
 
"It's fine. He can — everybody can do what they want," she said. "That's the nice thing about this place, most of the time."