“I have deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to this lifetime position and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts,” wrote Donnelly, who voted to confirm Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, in a statement. “Only 113 people have ever served on the Supreme Court, and I believe that we must do our level best to protect its sanctity.” He added: “While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination comes before the full Senate vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it.”
Donnelly was viewed as a key swing vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation process. He joins red-state Democrats Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), both running for reelection this year, in opposition to the Trump appointee.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), meanwhile, have yet to announce their decisions. On the Republican side, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are similarly undecided. Earlier on Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he would support the Kavanaugh pick.