Rand Paul announces he'll support Brett Kavanaugh

Aaron Brown
July 31, 2018

Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced on Twitter that he will support President Trump's nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh was sitting down Monday with Sen. "I won't make a final decision on the nomination until I complete a thorough and fair examination of his candidacy", the senator wrote, "just as I did with Neil Gorsuch", Trump's first nominee to the high court.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is ramping up Democrats' efforts to obtain documents involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by asking former President George W. Bush to release mountains of files from the judge's time in the White House.

Klayman put Kavanaugh at odds with Paul, who has repeatedly maintained that, "the bulk collection of all Americans' phone records all of the time is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment".

"Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court", Paul said.

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"My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view", Paul said.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sen.

The Kentucky senator was one of the few Republicans considered possible swing votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation. "There is no reason for Chairman Grassley and the Senate Republican Leadership to hide these emails - unless there's something to hide". The senator has also asked his constituents to send him questions for the meeting. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both supported Haspel, were the others. He also praised Kavanaugh's record on property rights and views on due process, war powers and separation of powers, as well has his "strong defenses" of the First and Second Amendments. All three are up for re-election in states Trump won easily in 2016. However, they haven't made a decision yet.

Paul's concerns centered on Judge Kavanaugh's 2015 statement concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc in Klayman v. Obama, which was then before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Yet he also said his vote doesn't hinge on any one issue. "I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and will take his job to protect individual liberty seriously".

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