Swing-voter Rand Paul: I'll vote for Kavanaugh on Supreme Court

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"I have expressed my concern over Judge Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to very important privacy cases before the Supreme Court", Paul said.

But Schumer said he was reaching out "to ask you to authorize that the complete record of Judge Kavanaugh's service in the White House be made public so that all Americans can be informed about this nomination and the Senate can fulfill its constitutional advice and consent obligations". No Democrats so far have said they would support the nominee. Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

Paul was considered a potential swing vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view.

Republicans control the Senate with a slim 51-49 majority, and can afford to lose only two GOP senators in order to elevate Kavanaugh to the high court.

Paul cited concerns over "privacy" and "the Fourth Amendment" as being the basis for hesitating to back Kavanaugh.

The endorsement gives Kavanaugh a boost as he prepares to sit down Monday afternoon with Sen.

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Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, have said that doesn't go almost far enough and negotiations over a bipartisan agreement on the official request for Kavanaugh's documents has been at an impasse.

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.

Unlike Kavanaugh's well-photographed meetings with Republican senators on Monday, the Manchin meeting was not accompanied by an open media "spray" or media availability.

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". Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress.

Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in a state President Trump won in 2016.

He said that many of those documents are irrelevant to Kavanaugh's legal history, and that the nominee would not be able to adequately comment on them.

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