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Rand Paul to support Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

31 July 2018

"After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination", Paul declared.

Paul of Kentucky says he will back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy issues.

Democrats have countered that Kavanaugh's role in some of the defining - and polarizing - Bush administration debates should be part of the record they review while considering his nomination.

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. She was confirmed anyway, thanks to Democratic swing votes.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavnaugh arriving for his meeting with West Virginia Democratic Sen.

Fifty-one senators have to vote in favor of confirming Kavanaugh for him to serve on the bench, but the threshold could be 50 senators if Arizona Sen.

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

Manchin is a top target of Kavanaugh supporters, in addition to two other Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 and who face voters this fall, Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Manchin is the first Democrat Senator to meet with the judge.

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Paul, who met with Kavanaugh last week, said he hoped Kavanaugh 'will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property'.

All three are under pressure to consider voting for Kavanaugh, because they are up for re-election in November in states that voted for Trump. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both supported Haspel, were the others.

"As the senator from West Virginia, I have a constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies and I take that responsibility seriously", he said in a statement.

Of course, my vote is not a single-issue vote, and much of my reading and conversation has been in trying to figure out exactly how good Judge Kavanaugh will be on other issues before the Court. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress. The senator has also asked his constituents to send him questions for the meeting.

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Rand Paul to support Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court