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Nelson not likely to meet with SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh until after hearings

Nelson tried to set up a meeting for next week, staff says.
President Trump with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court, in the White House residence on Monday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Published Aug. 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson is not likely to meet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee until after confirmation hearings begin, his office says.

Nelson had offered next Wednesday, when contacted, but Brett Kavanaugh's team said that would not work, according to Nelson's office.

The Judiciary Committee will begin several days of hearings on Sept. 4.

Nelson is officially undecided but is considered to be in the no column, with other red state Democrats facing more pressure to back the president's pick. But Nelson is running for re-election in a state Trump narrowly won, so his stance is being closely watched.

Republicans have chided Nelson for not sitting down sooner with Kavanaugh.

Related: Bill Nelson gets it from both sides on Trump's SCOTUS pick

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