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

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Sen. Rand Paul vowed to support President Trump's pick to join the Supreme Court Monday, saying he will vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh when his confirmation hearing comes before the United States Senate.

Paul, R-Ky., said he made the decision despite some disagreement about his record on the government's collection of bulk phone data without a warrant after the September 11 attacks.

"No one will ever completely agree with a nominee", Paul said in a written statement announcing his decision.

Paul followed up his initial comment with an entire series highlighting why he was backing Kavanaugh.

- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018In reviewing his record on other privacy cases like Jones, and through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v.

On issues such as property rights and reining in the administrative state, Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record and showed a deep commitment during our meeting. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and Democrats need to flip at least two Republicans-and not lose a single moderate Democrat-to stop Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court.

Cohen says Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting with Russians
The Russian government said through intermediaries to Trump Jr. that it was supporting Trump and wanted to help the campaign. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?).

Trump tapped Kavanaugh, a judge on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Last week, the Senator was undecided after meeting with Kavanaugh for one hour. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted to confirm Gorsuch past year, also are being watched closely.

Almost all Senate Democrats are taking the position that they will not meet until Republicans agree to their absurdly overbroad and dilatory document requests.

The New York Democrat wrote in a letter to Bush, released Friday and obtained by NBC News, that he understands the former president's support for Kavanaugh and acknowledges their difference of opinion on whether he's the right person to serve on the high court.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said in his own letter to Schumer that the committee will receive up to 1 million pages of documents related to Kavanaugh's White House experience and believes Kavanaugh's confirmation will be the "most transparent in history".

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has Kavanaugh on his Monday schedule as the GOP presses more Democrat votes.