Things have gone bad to worse, for Chuck Schumer and his feeble attempts to stop President Trump’s second SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Now, Senator Rand Paul, who was originally on the fence, has announced he will indeed support Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Chucky’s not having a good day.
From The Hill
“After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination,” Paul said in a statement.
He added that while no one will “ever completely agree with a nominee,” they “must be judged on the totality of their views, character, and opinions.”
Paul, who previously described himself as “honestly undecided,” has remained tight-lipped since his meeting with Kavanaugh last week, which lasted for more than an hour.
But a person familiar with the discussions previously told The Hill that Paul raised concerns about Kavanaugh as Trump was weighing who to select to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy.
And Paul was widely considered a potential swing vote because of his positions on the Fourth Amendment, which established the constitutional right to privacy.
“I have expressed my concern over Judge Kavanaugh’s record on a warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to very important privacy cases before the Supreme Court,” Paul said on Monday.
He added he hoped Kavanaugh would be “more open” to protections on digital records and property in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that found, in most cases, law enforcement has to obtain a warrant in order to search and seize long-term cell phone records that would show a person’s location.
“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.
Democrats had also hoped that Kavanaugh’s work in the Bush administration could be used to sway Paul, who has previously broken with his parties on issues like surveillance and torture.
But senators in both parties were skeptical that Paul would ultimately be willing to buck Trump, whom he has worked to cultivate a relationship with, and cast the deciding vote against his Supreme Court pick.