Senators spar on access to Kavanaugh’s staff secretary work

31 July, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) became the first Senate Democrat to meet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday afternoon.

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.

He also expressed concern over Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to important privacy cases.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the high court earlier this month, after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

With Republican Sen. John McCain still back home in Arizona battling brain cancer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can't afford to lose a single Republican vote.

Republican strategists tell Fox News that if the West Virginia Democratic senator votes "no" on the Supreme Court nominee, he upsets voters, but if he votes 'yes, ' he upsets donors. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote.

Paul, who met with Kavanaugh last week, said he hoped Kavanaugh 'will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property'.

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The letter, sent Tuesday to the National Archives, asks for all of Kavanaugh's records from his time as an associate White House counsel under Bush, as well as his years as staff secretary. "This is a big deal", Paul said in an interview with Politico.

Paul had let Trump know he preferred other potential Supreme Court nominees he viewed as more conservative. Hult said the documents could include Kavanaugh's notes and memos he wrote or commented on that went directly to the president or chief of staff, but she said it could be hard to distill Kavanaugh's own views from them. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for re-election this year.

Now that Paul backed Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, there are few Republican senators who have yet to state if they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme 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.

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

While Kavanaugh was staff secretary, Bush made a range of controversial decisions, including signing into law a partial-birth abortion ban and backing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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