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The Senate's top Democrat is appealing to former President George W. Bush in a fight over documents related to Supreme Court nominee and former Bush aide Brett Kavanaugh. Cornyn recently said to his colleagues on the Senate floor.

According to Bloomberg's Laura Litvan, all Manchin would say afterwards was that "it truly was a very productive meeting and it helped me and my staff understand", and that he'll decide how to vote after the confirmation hearing. Many analysts believe this is a move to motivate Republicans to turn out to the polls, therefore building on their majorities in the House and Senate.

Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, have said that doesn't go almost far enough and negotiations over a bipartisan agreement on the official request for Kavanaugh's documents has been at an impasse. Republicans disagree and have accused Democrats of using the issue to try to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation. The request seeks documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's office but not from his time as staff secretary.

"For members of the opposing party to demand answers to questions and yet refuse to meet with a qualified Supreme Court nominee is unprecedented", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And speaking of abortion, all the talk of Rand Paul's libertarianism should not obscure the fact that his position on reproductive rights is exceptionally extreme: He has sponsored fetal "personhood" legislation that could ban not only virtually all abortions but certain forms of contraception.

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One of those senators, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) became the first Democrat to meet with Kavanaugh on Monday.

In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the president can count on his vote. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin).

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans viewed as possible no votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Schumer said if Kavanaugh sees it that way, "why shouldn't the American people see what instructed him?" Instead, Democrats are trying to delay the proceedings in hopes that time spent reviewing the judge's record could unearth fresh concerns to sway senators' opinions and upend voting.

Manchin has said he regrets backing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and hinted that he could support President Trump's re-election in 2020.


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