Manchin on Kavanaugh decision: ‘I'm trying to put the human side to it’

West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy Overnight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west MORE (D) said in a new interview that he remains undecided about Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, but bashed the judge's confirmation process as a "circus."

The key swing vote Democrat told Al Jazeera that he is looking at Kavanaugh's adult life and time in the judiciary. He added that he would decide after viewing the FBI's supplemental background investigation report into the allegations of sexual assault against the judge whether the probe's scope was sufficient. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations leveled against him by three women.

"This has been horrible. It's another circus," Manchin said, referring to the confirmation process.


"I am looking at the gentleman as an adult from 22 to 53, 31 years of professional service. I am looking at him as a father," the senator added. "As a person in a community, how he interacts with his community. I am trying to put the human side to it."

Manchin, a red-state Democrat, is seen as a crucial vote to Republicans, who are hoping to secure one or two votes from such members of the Senate to avoid the possibility of Kavanaugh's nomination failing due to "no" votes from undecided Republicans.

Democrats hold 49 seats in the 100-member Senate, meaning that two Republicans would have to vote "no" to sink Kavanaugh's nomination even if every Democrats opposes him.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces White House denies exploring payroll tax cut to offset worsening economy Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord MORE (R-Iowa) said early Thursday that a copy of the FBI report was delivered to the Senate, where Republicans and Democrats will have alternating, one-hour access to the classified document.

Some Democrats have questioned the limited access to the FBI's investigation ahead of a planned vote on Kavanaugh's full nomination within days.

“Get this — one copy! For the United States Senate,” Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday. “That’s what we were told. And ... also that we would be given one hour for the Dems, one hour for the Republicans. Alternating."

“Bizarre, it doesn’t make any sense,” he added.

The White House issued a statement Thursday noting that it was "fully confident" Kavanaugh would be confirmed.