Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Sen. Rand Paul announces he’ll support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

Sen. Rand Paul announces he’ll support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, arrives for a private meeting with Sen. Now that it's clear Paul will support the judge, Republicans should have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh without Democrat support, provided Sens.

"After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination", Paul said in a series of Twitter posts.

"I have chose to support his nomination", said Paul in a statement.

Paul said that his conversation with Kavanaugh Tuesday convinced him that he would evaluate Supreme Court cases "from a textual and originalist point of view".

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

That's similar to the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey taken just after Trump's July 9 announcement of the nomination, which found Americans split on Kavanaugh ― 33 percent favored his confirmation, 31 percent were opposed and 36 percent were undecided.

"What we do need is access to documents that show Kavanaugh's views on and involvement in important issues like torture, the Enron task force, health care and presidential signing statements", the committee's top Democrat, Sen. With the Senate control slimly held by Republicans 51-49, Democrats can't block Kavanaugh's nomination outright if Republicans hold together.

The meeting reportedly was lengthy, two hours or more by some accounts. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the president can count on his vote.

You'd think those concerns would dictate waiting for confirmation hearings where Kavanaugh might be questioned on the subject.

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. Kavanaugh has been serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and previously served as staff secretary to Bush from 2003 to 2006.

The debate could interfere with Republicans' goal of swiftly confirming President Donald Trump's pick for the court in time for the start of the new term October 1. Donnelly and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the others.

But Paul probably doesn't want to become the object of insanely intense pressure from both sides of the Kavanaugh battle, and particularly from conservatives who view this nomination as a crucial step in the reversal of liberal judicial precedents on issues ranging from economic regulation to voting rights to the big one: abortion.

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