Rand Paul backs Trump's pick for the Supreme Court

31 July, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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Manchin is just one of three Democratic senators who voted in favor of confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Democrats want to see records from the time, portraying the potentially millions of documents as vital to understanding his approach to the law.

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. 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. With Senate control slimly held by Republicans 51-49, Democrats can't block Kavanaugh's nomination outright if Republicans hold together.

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After weeks of threatening to vote against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. No date has been set yet for Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings that may go past Labor Day and closer to the November 6 congressional election.

But Democrat's prospects are dwindling as Sen. He was also a key part of the president's speechwriting process, helped put together legislation and worked on drafting and revising executive orders, he has said. Both say they haven't made a decision yet. Kavanaugh held that job, in which he coordinated all documents to and from the president, from 2003 to 2006.

"If we don't get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown", said Pres. Trump. No Democrats so far have said they would support the nominee.

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Paul's vote is a crucial one in determining the success of Kavanaugh's nomination. However, I'd say that, barring the discovery of something adverse and major in Kavanaugh's past, his chances of winning 50 Republican votes are good. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress.

The debate over the staff secretary documents has been heated all week. That includes Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office and as staff secretary. In a letter to Feinstein last week, a top archives official said the power of a committee to make such document requests "lies exclusively" with the chairman.

Paul said Kavanaugh has a strong record of property rights and "reining in the administrative state", and has issued strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments involving the rights of free speech and to bear arms. He accused Republicans of being against transparency. The American people demand and deserve to have the most comprehensive and transparent view of Brett Kavanaugh's record.

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