Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Alabama's Jones says he is keeping 'open mind' on Kavanaugh

Alabama's Jones says he is keeping 'open mind' on Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh remains an unknown quantity to much of the public, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with views on confirming President Donald Trump's pick largely unchanged since his name was announced.

In this July 26, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen.

Schumer, who has pledged to oppose the nomination "with everything I have", acknowledged the difference of opinion on the nomination in the letter, but said Bush should still support a full view of Kavanaugh's records. He said he was still concerned about the judge's record on issues like warrantless data collection, but felt that Kavanaugh would adhere to the Constitution. As one of the most libertarian-leaning Republican senators, Paul disagreed with Kavanaugh's support for warrantless collection of communications metadata by the USA government in the interest of national security.

Most of us expected that Paul would back Kavanaugh in the end, but it's good that he's now on record and good that he didn't drag out whatever suspense he might have created.

The Manchin meeting could set the stage for other swing-vote Democrats to talk with Kavanaugh or even support him, despite fierce pressure from party leaders and activists. The senator cited Kavanaugh's strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments, as well as his record on defending property rights and "reining in the administrative state" as reasons for his change of heart.

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network has launched advertising in Alabama pressuring Jones, a Democrat in a red-leaning state, to confirm Kavanaugh, saying the vote "will show who Doug Jones really is".

Both senators support abortion rights, and liberal advocacy groups are arguing that Kavanaugh's confirmation would undermine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision.

- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view. 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. Susan Collins, R-Maine or Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, don't pull a surprise 180 and turn on Trump's nominee. His views on war powers and separation of powers are encouraging.

Senate Republicans are pledging a swift confirmation process that would elevate Kavanaugh, now a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington, before the Supreme Court's new term convenes October 1.

Democrats have said they want records from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary too.

Democrats and Republicans have sparred in particular this week over Kavanaugh's staff secretary records.

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