Rand Paul backs Trump's pick for the Supreme Court

Sen. Patty Murray told the story of a college friend who sought an illegal abortion. Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images

Sen. Patty Murray told the story of a college friend who sought an illegal abortion. Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

After some vacillating on whether he would support President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in true Rand Paul (R-KY) form, the senator announced Monday that he would support the conservative judge's nomination.

Senate Democrats, infuriated with Republicans for requesting only a portion of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's records from his tenure in the George W. Bush White House, are sending a wide-ranging request demanding that his entire paper trail be provided to Congress.

Paul tweeted to announce his support Monday, writing, "After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have chose to support his nomination".

The public is also split on the preferred timing for Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, with 33 percent saying the Senate should consider him this fall, and 31 percent preferring that they wait until after the midterm elections on November 6. With Senate control slimly held by Republicans 51-49, Democrats can't block Kavanaugh's nomination outright if Republicans hold together.

The senator also solicited questions for the judge from West Virginians, asking them to post their concerns on Manchin's website. Supreme Court - seemingly eliminating one of the Republicans most likely to join Democrats in blocking the appointment. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".

The fight over documents - specifically those related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary - have been the central battle between Democrats and Republicans related to the nomination in recent weeks.

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Paul's concerns centered on Judge Kavanaugh's 2015 statement concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc in Klayman v. Obama, which was then before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The same poll shows a majority of voters in three other states Trump won with Democratic senators, Alabama, Indiana, and North Dakota, also say the Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh. "This is a big deal", Paul said in an interview with Politico.

Manchin was one of three red-state Democrats in April 2017 to vote for confirming Neil Gorsuch to the high court.

Analysts say the decision will be hard for Mr. Manchin, who is up for re-election in a state that Mr. Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016. This mentality drastically differs from that of Democrats, who believe they'll be hurt by a government shutdown and have little leverage to combat Republican demands.

The Kentucky Republican previously expressed reservations about Kavanaugh's opinion on privacy and national security.

Kavanaugh also said that during his tenure they started weekly meetings with Bush and a few others to discuss speeches.

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