Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Trump Meets With Senators To Discuss Supreme Court Vacancy

June 29, 2018 - 11:13 am

President Donald Trump met Thursday night with a trio of centrist Democrat senators about his hunt for the next Supreme Court justice, whom he would like nominated and confirmed before the midterm elections this fall.  

The president met with West Virginia's Joe Manchin, Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Keitkamp. All three voted in favor last year of justice Neil Gorsuch. 

The senators also all hail from red states Trump won in 2016, and face tough re-election battles this year.

Trump also met with Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Chuck Grassley of Iowa. 

"Tonight President Trump met with Senators Grassley, Collins, Murkowski, Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday night. "The President's team also talked with more than a dozen other Senators today as part of ongoing outreach to get views and advice from both sides of the aisle on this important nomination."

The Democratic lawmakers called it a solid and productive discussion and the start of a new conversation. 

Trump is pledging to pick "one great United States Supreme Court justice to take the place of a great man."