GOP senator warns against 'fishing expedition' for Kavanaugh documents

GOP senator warns against 'fishing expedition' for Kavanaugh documents

GOP senator warns against 'fishing expedition' for Kavanaugh documents

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

More than a decade after he served as what's been called the president's "inbox and outbox", Brett Kavanaugh's role as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush has become a flashpoint as Republicans push his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Bush, in a statement after Kavanaugh was selected, called Trump's pick "outstanding" and said he would "make a superb justice of the Supreme Court of the United States".

"After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination", Paul said in the statement posted on Twitter.

- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018In reviewing his record on other privacy cases like Jones, and through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v. Almost all Senate Democrats are taking the position that they will not meet until Republicans agree to their absurdly overbroad and dilatory document requests.


Separately, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has written the National Archives to complain about access to documents related to the Kavanaugh nomination. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, met with Judge Kavanaugh on Monday.

The public is also split on the preferred timing for Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, with 33 percent saying the Senate should consider him this fall, and 31 percent preferring that they wait until after the midterm elections on November 6. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both supported Haspel, were the others.

"Hopefully most of the appropriation bills will be passed, a little better prioritization of spending, so I certainly don't like playing shut down politics", said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican who holds West Virginia's other U.S. Senate seat, wrote an op-ed in The Journal, a newspaper in Martinsburg, urging senators to give Judge Kavanaugh a fair shake. Should Kavanaugh be appointed, the court would retain its 5-4 conservative majority, but would shift slightly further to the right, as outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes sided with his liberal colleagues on social issues like abortion and gay rights. Gallup, which has tested the reaction to most Supreme Court nominees since the 1990s, found that Kavanaugh's initial support was roughly comparable to that for failed 2005 nominee Harriet Miers.

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