Rand Paul announces he'll support Brett Kavanaugh

Schumer calls on Bush to release Kavanaugh White House documents

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Monday that he will support President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, a key show of support for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh from an unpredictable lawmaker.

Now that it's clear Paul will support the judge, Republicans should have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh without Democrat support, provided Sens. He also expressed concern over Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to important privacy cases.

Paul said that his conversation with Kavanaugh Tuesday convinced him that he would evaluate Supreme Court cases "from a textual and originalist point of view".

Manchin is just one of three Democratic senators who voted in favor of confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Paul cited concerns over "privacy" and "the Fourth Amendment" as being the basis for hesitating to back Kavanaugh. "United States, Judge Kavanaugh will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property". Given the absence of John McCain, who is fighting brain cancer at home in Arizona, they can not afford to lose a single Republican vote if all Democrats vote "no".

Last week, the Senator was undecided after meeting with Kavanaugh for one hour.

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Senate Republicans are pledging a swift confirmation process that would elevate Kavanaugh, now a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington, before the Supreme Court's new term convenes October 1.

The other two GOP Senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski seem reasonably well disposed towards Kavanaugh.

According to a poll from the North Star Opinion Research a majority of voters in West Virginia (55% to 30%) say they'd like to see the Senate confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Now that he's siding with Trump, Sens.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to the National Archives on Friday objecting to its decision not to release documents related to Kavanaugh's service in the Bush White House. This strategy has been obvious from the start, and its goal is less to defeat Judge Kavanaugh than to protect incumbent Democrats running for re-election. According to Bloomberg's Laura Litvan, all Manchin would say afterwards was that "it truly was a very productive meeting and it helped me and my staff understand", and that he'll decide how to vote after the confirmation hearing.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul made his announcement as Kavanaugh continued visiting senators considering his nomination, including the first Democrat he has met, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

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