Brett Kavanaugh has begun a gauntlet of pre-confirmation meetings with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell following his Monday night nomination by President Donald Trump for confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice. Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have been specifically chosen to guide him through what is expected to be a bitter, brutal and hyperpartisan confirmation process. Republicans are hoping to have him confirmed by Oct. 1 when SCOTUS begins its new term despite the complication from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not voting giving a slim 50-49 majority and requiring support from every remaining Republican to put Kavanaugh on the bench.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Brett Kavanaugh kicked off his first day of Senate meetings on Tuesday by talking with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and is expected to schedule several others in the coming weeks in his bid to win confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh Monday night, and the judge was accompanied to the Senate on Tuesday by Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who has been selected to shepherd him through the process.
Kavanaugh met with McConnell, R-Ky., in the leader’s office near the Senate chamber at 11 a.m.
“I think the president made an outstanding nomination,” McConnell said as he stood in his office next to Kavanaugh, Pence, ad Kyl. “We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks.”
Pence said the White House “is very confident,” the confirmation process will show Kavanaugh “is the most qualified and most deserving” of the appointment to the Supreme Court. None of the men answered questions from reporters about whether they believe they can win over any Democrats.
Kavanaugh is also expected to sit down with another critical leader, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who will decide the pace and timing of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Grassley has not scheduled Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing yet, and Republicans are pushing to have him on the bench by Oct. 1, the start of the court’s next term.