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Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

31 July, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, one of a few Republicans who had not immediately backed President Trump's nominee publicly, said he was assuaged after his meeting last week that Judge Kavanaugh would bring an open mind to privacy cases and be a strong supporter of First and Second Amendment rights. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced on Monday that the nominee has his support.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to see Brett Kavanaugh's records from his tenure in the George W. Bush White House, probably in the hopes of finding incriminating information that could derail his Supreme Court nomination.

Paul cited concerns over "privacy" and "the Fourth Amendment" as being the basis for hesitating to back Kavanaugh.

After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have chose to support his nomination.

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".

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

"What we do need is access to documents that show Kavanaugh's views on and involvement in important issues like torture, the Enron task force, health care and presidential signing statements", the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".

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Manchin wrote on Twitter that it had been a productive meeting but he was undecided.

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

One of those senators, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) became the first Democrat to meet with Kavanaugh on Monday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee tasked with holding hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination, said this week that Democrats' "bloated demands are an obvious attempt to obstruct the confirmation process".

Upon reviewing Kavanaugh's other rulings, Paul apparently warmed to the judge.

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

"I won't make a final decision on the nomination until I complete a thorough and fair examination of his candidacy", the West Virginia Democrat said.

Kavanaugh's nomination has delighted Second Amendment advocates - and anxious gun law supporters that his ascendancy to the high court would make it harder to curb the proliferation of guns.

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