Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Rand Paul to support Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Rand Paul to support Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) announced Monday he will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, saying he was confident President Donald Trump's nominee would bring a textualist view of the Constitution.

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. He also expressed concern over Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to important privacy cases.

"My objective is to ask you to authorize that the complete record of Judge Kavanaugh's service in the White House be made public so that all Americans can be informed about this nomination and the Senate can fulfill its constitutional advice and consent obligations", Schumer, a New York Democrat, writes in the letter.

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The senator took to Twitter on Monday following a discussion with the nominee regarding Paul's concerns over Kavanaugh's prior rulings on privacy issues.

After reviewing Kavanaugh's record, Paul said he was confident he would be more open to constitutional Fourth Amendment protections involving digital records and property. "Manchin making a craven political calculation once the outcome has already been decided", Morrisey said.

Manchin previously said he wants to meet Kavanaugh before his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as well as afterward. Assuming Democrats stick together, the party needs to turn two Republicans to block Kavanaugh's nomination, or only one if cancer-stricken John McCain (R-Arizona) misses the vote due to illness. Manchin is one of just a handful of senators whose votes are seen as in play in an increasingly partisan confirmation battle.

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Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sen. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote.

The appeals court judge offered smiles but no remarks to reporters as he entered Manchin's office and left two hours later - the longest of his meetings to date with senators who will decide whether he gets confirmed to the nine-justice bench.

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He said that many of those documents are irrelevant to Kavanaugh's legal history, and that the nominee would not be able to adequately comment on them.

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