Kavanaugh snags Rand Paul's support to be Supreme Court justice

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Sen. Paul also cheered Kavanaugh's stances on the First and Second Amendments, due process, and "reining in the administrative statement".

The group spending the most, the pro-Kavanaugh Judicial Crisis Network, says it has spent $4.5 million on ads created to boost Kavanaugh since Trump announced his nomination on July 9.

Trump's fellow Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority, leaving them little margin for error.

Last week, Sen. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Pres. Trump to argue against a shutdown, saying it would side-track their agenda, which could be put at risk if Democrats were to take back the House in November. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Democrats' leader on the Judiciary Committee, said her own request for the staff secretary documents was being blocked by the National Archives. "I would like to see them just say, 'Look, OK, we will get this to you'". But Democrats have accused Republicans of improperly concealing a significant portion of his White House tenure that could provide insight into how the nominee advised Bush on several contentious issues that occurred during that administration.

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Kavanaugh, tapped to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, planned to meet later on Monday with Senator Joe Manchin, who was one of three Democrats to support Trump's first nominee to the high court, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

There've now been at least nine public surveys asking about Kavanaugh, in which support for confirming him has varied between 30 and 41 percent, and opposition between a wider band of 26 and 41 percent. No Democrats so far have said they would support the nominee.

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. In an interview with Hult's co-author, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Kavanaugh said it was important that he maintain "strict neutrality and impartiality" in bringing disagreements about the wording of proposals or decisions to the president. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress. He said that allowed him to "better perform my function as referee" between speechwriters and policy advisers. Reviewing the documents would be a "waste of time" and taxpayers' money, he said. United States, which broadly limited law enforcement's ability to monitor individuals using cell phone data without a warrant, as a "new precedent" leaving him hopeful that "Judge Kavanaugh will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property". The American people demand and deserve to have the most comprehensive and transparent view of Brett Kavanaugh's record.

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