Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Monday he will support President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, after expressing concerns about his position on privacy issues. In 2015, Kavanaugh -then a Washington DC Circuit Court Judge- ruled that such data collection does not violate Americans' right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment. No one will "ever completely agree with a nominee", Paul added, saying they "must be judged on the totality of their views, character, and opinions".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Kavanaugh himself has portrayed his three years as Bush's staff secretary, from July 2003 to May 2006, as "the most interesting and, in many ways, among the most instructive" to his work as a federal appeals court judge. After the meeting, which lasted over two hours, Manchin remained tight-lipped as to how he meant to vote.
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- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018His views on due process and mens rea show a thoughtful approach to the law and its applications.
The Kentucky senator said he would back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy.
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"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. Paul's support is crucial to passing Kavanaugh's nomination, as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are likely the two GOP holdouts on Kavanaugh.
Manchin was one of three red-state Democrats in April 2017 to vote for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the high court.
Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network has run ads in West Virginia highlighting Mr. Manchin's choice of backing Mr. Trump or siding with Democratic leaders.
In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling.