Kavanaugh has requested meetings with many Democrats, GOP leaders said, but nearly all have said they have not been able to fit him into their schedules. One exception is Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who is running for re-election in a deep red state. He is among three red-state Democrats who voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch last year and are likely to back Kavanaugh. An aide to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., told the Washington Examiner that she, too, is trying to schedule a meeting with Kavanaugh.
But other Democrats argue that before agreeing to meet with Kavanaugh, they need to examine Kavanaugh’s long paper trail in order to try to determine how he’ll decide on key cases that might make it before the high court, including the legality of abortion and Obamacare.
“So we need to review the record,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Judge Kavanaugh’s written history, where the best clues to his jurisprudence may lie.”
Democrats argue Republicans made the same demands of then-Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who served as former President Barack Obama’s solicitor general before he chose her to serve on the high court in 2010.