No mystery to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's gun views

No mystery to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's gun views

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has lent his support to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite saying as late as last week that he was "honestly undecided" on the judge.

In a statement, Paul said he has "decided to support his nomination" after meeting with and reviewing Kavanaugh's record.

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.

Democrats have branded Kavanaugh, who would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, as a deeply conservative jurist who would shift the court to the right jeopardizing critical rulings on the constitutionality of abortion rights and the legality of Barack Obama's health care reforms.

Paul tweeted, "After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination".

Paul had withheld his support in recent weeks over concerns about Kavanaugh's standing on privacy issues and the Fourth Amendment.

"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul added. It would force vulnerable Democrats to stay in Washington where their vote on Kavanaugh will be scrutinized, instead of campaigning in their home districts, which may be why they're fighting the idea so adamantly. After the meeting, which lasted over two hours, Manchin remained tight-lipped as to how he meant to vote.

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

- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018His views on due process and mens rea show a thoughtful approach to the law and its applications. Democrats can sink Trump's nominee if they hold together and convince a single Republican to vote no. The letter also asks for any documents that were "written by, edited by, prepared in whole or part by, under the supervision of, or at the direction of" Kavanaugh, and any record that refers to him by name, his initials or his title.

"Will Sen. Manchin stand with the people of West Virginia in supporting President Trump's extraordinarily qualified Supreme Court nominee, or will he stand with the extremists in his party like Chuck Schumer?" said Carrie Severino, the group's chief counsel. Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for re-election this year.

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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