Republicans request Kavanaugh documents

Larry Hoffman
July 31, 2018

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.

On Monday, Kavanaugh met with Democratic Sen.

The Manchin meeting could set the stage for other swing-vote Democrats to talk with Kavanaugh or even support him, despite fierce pressure from party leaders and activists.

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

Paul cited concerns over "privacy" and "the Fourth Amendment" as being the basis for hesitating to back Kavanaugh. "In reviewing his record", Paul announced today, "and through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v". He said he was confident Kavanaugh would be more open to constitutional Fourth Amendment protections involving digital records and property.

Manchin, who is facing a push in West Virginia to support confirmation, did not come out with a position on confirmation after the meeting, instead describing it as "productive".

Manchin is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbent Democrats vying to hold on to his seat in the midterm election this fall. "This is a big deal".

"I look forward to attending his confirmation hearing, meeting with him again and continuing to talk to West Virginians throughout this process", he said.

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

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

After Manchin said he would talk with Kavanaugh, another red-state Democrat, Sen.

The fight over documents - specifically those related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary - have been the central battle between Democrats and Republicans related to the nomination in recent weeks. A 55 percent majority of those who want their senators to vote against Kavanaugh say they consider the issue very important, as do 45 percent of those who favor his confirmation.

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.

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