Senator Donnelly to consider Kavanaugh nomination

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WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) will consider President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donnelly said he will sit down with Kavanaugh, and he will review the judge's rulings and writing in legal publications.

Donnelly also said, “I work for the people of Indiana and I want them to have a voice in this.”

Donnelly is a Democratic senator up for re-election in a state where Donald Trump won by more than 20 percent, and the Trump White House is applying pressure to red state Democrats like Donnelly.

White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said, “If they’re doing right by their voters, and not by the leadership who is trying to tug them all the way to the left, then they will do the right thing. But that’s up to each of them, and we’ll all be watching.”

When asked if he's comfortable with people watching his decision, Donnelly said, “People have said ‘do you feel pressure?’ and I don’t.”

Donnelly was one of three Senate democrats who helped President Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, take his place on the court.

Now he’s intent on following the same process that led him to buck the majority of his party, and vote in Gorsuch’s favor.

Donnelly said, “When I spoke with justice Gorsuch, when I reviewed his writings, when I reviewed his court decisions, I became comfortable he wasn’t extreme one way or the other.”



 
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