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Rand Paul announces he'll support Brett Kavanaugh

31 July 2018

President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee finally met with a Democrat on Monday, as Senator Joe Manchin bucked his party and welcomed Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill.

While Manchin has not publicy shared whether or not he will vote in favor of Kavanaugh, Republicans did inch one step closer to a smooth confirmation process Monday when "honestly undecided" Sen.

While Paul says nominees should be judged on their character, views, and opinions, he notes nobody will "ever completely agree with a nominee".

"My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view", Mr. Paul said.

Paul had withheld his support in recent weeks over concerns about Kavanaugh's standing on privacy issues and the Fourth Amendment. United States, which broadly limited law enforcement's ability to monitor individuals using cell phone data without a warrant, as a "new precedent" leaving him hopeful that "Judge Kavanaugh will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property".

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.

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Manchin, who is facing a push in West Virginia to support confirmation, did not come out with a position on confirmation after the meeting, instead describing it as "productive".

"I have chose to support his nomination", said Paul in a statement. Supreme Court - seemingly eliminating one of the Republicans most likely to join Democrats in blocking the appointment.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Paul said in a statement Monday. Now that he's siding with Trump, Sens.

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.

The Kentucky senator said he would back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy. Republicans say the push for all documents related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary - a position that essentially has every piece of paper that heads to the President cross its desk - is unreasonable.

Rand Paul announces he'll support Brett Kavanaugh