Donnelly becomes second Dem to agree to meet with Kavanaugh

Donnelly becomes second Dem to agree to meet with Kavanaugh
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Sen. 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.) on Tuesday became the second Democrat to publicly announce that they will meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's latest Supreme Court nominee.

Donnelly will meet with Kavanaugh on Aug. 15, according to his office.

"Donnelly has consistently said he would carefully review and consider Judge Kavanaugh’s record, meet with him, and follow his confirmation hearing," his office said in a press release. 

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Donnelly's announcement comes after Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Monday that he will meet with Kavanaugh next week, becoming the first known meeting between Trump's nominee and a Democratic senator.

Donnelly and Manchin are both running for reelection in states won easily by Trump during the 2016 presidential election and are viewed as likely swing votes in the looming Supreme Court fight. 

They — along with Sen. 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 (D-N.D.) — supported Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year. 

But the decision to meet with Kavanaugh comes as top Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (N.Y.), are holding off until they get a deal to produce documents from his time working in the George W. Bush White House. 

“I have told my caucus that I’m waiting, and I think most of them are following me,” Schumer told The New York Times on Monday.

Donnelly's GOP Senate challenger Mike Braun on Tuesday immediately tried to paint the incumbent Democrat's agreed-to meeting with Kavanaugh as him "caving to pressure," though the Democratic senator had previously said he planned to meet with Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

“Donnelly had to decide if he would stand with liberals in Washington or meet with President Trump’s highly qualified nominee. ...While I strongly support this nomination, I have no doubt Donnelly will wait until the liberal wing of his party gives him permission to support Judge Kavanaugh," Braun said in a statement. 

Updated: 7:56 p.m.