Supreme Court nominee meets with lawmakers


WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court is courting support from Senators on Capitol Hill.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh met with several lawmakers Tuesday, only hours after his nomination became public.

The president says he wants the Senate to confirm the 53-year-old by October–when the US Supreme Court returns to work.

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune says so far, that seems likely.

“I think the President made a good pick but clearly we have a process we have to go through,” he said.

The White House says it’s ready to court more support.

Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh may be able to win over some Democrats.

“When they get to know him, when they look at his record and opinions, when they ask him—we’re confident they’ll be convinced,” said Conway.

Conway refused to say which Democrats might be convinced to vote for Kavanaugh. But political experts say the administration will focus on Democrats from typically conservative states.

Like Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

“I look forward to sitting down with him, in my office, to have a frank discussion with him, and get to know his views on different areas.”

But Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer says he already knows enough about Kavanaugh from his record.

Schumer says he hopes the public will pressure Democrat and Republican lawmakers– to block the nomination.

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