Dem dam broken: Kavanaugh meets with swing-vote West Virginia Sen. Manchin

31 July, 2018, 20:18 | Author: Rachel Logan
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So Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants Democrats to delay declaring for or against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until Republicans prove they have the votes to confirm the judge. After meeting with Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, Paul tweeted a statement that he had elected to support his confirmation.

The Senate's top Democrat is appealing to former President George W. Bush in a fight over documents related to Supreme Court nominee and former Bush aide Brett Kavanaugh.

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

"Of course, my vote is not a single-issue vote, and much of my reading and conversation has been in trying to figure out exactly how good Judge Kavanaugh will be on other issues before the Court", Paul added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the archives exclusively for Kavanaugh's documents from his time in the counsel's office because Republicans believe the paperwork from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary is irrelevant to how he would serve as a justice.

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"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. After the meeting, which lasted over two hours, Manchin remained tight-lipped as to how he meant to vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has said that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and vote will take place this fall, and that he expects the new justice to be seated by the next Supreme Court term, the first Monday in October. The senator has also asked West Virginia residents to send him questions for the meeting.

Senate Republicans are requesting documents from Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House but they're doing it without the support of Democrats who believe more documents should be produced. Sens. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the others.

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.

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.



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