Rand Paul Supports Kavanaugh Despite Privacy And 4th Amendment Concerns

Arturo Kim
July 31, 2018

Mr. Paul's support leaves Democrats with only a narrow path to defeating Judge Kavanaugh.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso met this week with President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have chose to support his nomination", Paul said in the statement posted on Twitter.

Republicans, however, have now "declined to sign a bipartisan document request or Judge Kavanaugh's complete record", wrote Schumer, who said he's concerned that only those documents that have been "pre-screened and approved by the private legal team" will be disclosed to the Senate.

On issues such as property rights and reining in the administrative state, Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record and showed a deep commitment during our meeting.

'I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously, ' Paul said.

Democrats and Republicans have sparred in particular this week over Kavanaugh's staff secretary records. It would force vulnerable Democrats to stay in Washington where their vote on Kavanaugh will be scrutinized, instead of campaigning in their home districts, which may be why they're fighting the idea so adamantly. Howell Heflin. He said the process today is "much, much, much, much more political" and partisan.

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Mr. Manchin said he hadn't made up his mind, but his office released photos showing the two men shaking hands and smiling broadly as they talked for two hours. Gallup, which has tested the reaction to most Supreme Court nominees since the 1990s, found that Kavanaugh's initial support was roughly comparable to that for failed 2005 nominee Harriet Miers.

After weeks of threatening to vote against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen.

Manchin previously said he wants to meet Kavanaugh before his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as well as afterward.

Still, "I wouldn't say it's a waste of time", she said of looking at the documents.

Last week, Sen. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Pres. Trump to argue against a shutdown, saying it would side-track their agenda, which could be put at risk if Democrats were to take back the House in November.

Manchin is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbent Democrats vying to hold on to his seat in the midterm election this fall. Should Kavanaugh be appointed, the court would retain its 5-4 conservative majority, but would shift slightly further to the right, as outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes sided with his liberal colleagues on social issues like abortion and gay rights.

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