Rand Paul Supports Kavanaugh Despite Privacy And 4th Amendment Concerns

Rand Paul Supports Kavanaugh Despite Privacy And 4th Amendment Concerns

Rand Paul Supports Kavanaugh Despite Privacy And 4th Amendment Concerns

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh remains an unknown quantity to much of the public, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with views on confirming President Donald Trump's pick largely unchanged since his name was announced.

After meeting with Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, Paul tweeted a statement that he had elected to support his confirmation. Rand Paul, who had expressed some concerns about Kavanaugh's record related to privacy and the 4th Amendment, said he would vote for Kavanaugh.

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.

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

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

Some liberals fumed on Twitter that Paul's decision was predictable and he had merely gotten attention for himself by initially "faking opposition" to Kavanaugh. I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously.

With Republican Sen. John McCain still back home in Arizona battling brain cancer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can't afford to lose a single Republican vote. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted to confirm Gorsuch a year ago, also are being watched closely.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said Friday that bipartisan talks on document releases broke down. Now that he's siding with Trump, Sens. Joe Manchin became the first member of his caucus to meet with Kavanaugh. 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.

Republican strategists tell Fox News that if the West Virginia Democratic senator votes "no" on the Supreme Court nominee, he upsets voters, but if he votes 'yes, ' he upsets donors.

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