Manchin to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick next week
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal MORE (W.Va.) will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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. 
 
Manchin is widely viewed as a possible swing vote in the Supreme Court battle. He was one of three Democrats — along with Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.) — who supported Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first nominee, last year. 
 
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 McCainGabbard hits back at Meghan McCain after fight over Assad Mellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority 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 FeinsteinKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape 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."