Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Monday he will support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, after expressing concerns about his position on privacy issues.
“After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination,” Paul said in a series of Twitter posts explaining his decision.
Kavanaugh, tapped to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, planned to meet later on Monday with Senator Joe Manchin, who was one of three Democrats to support Trump’s first nominee to the high court, Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Manchin will be the first Senate Democrat to meet with Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, since his nomination earlier this month.
“I have expressed my concern over Judge Kavanaugh’s record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to very important privacy cases before the Supreme Court,” he wrote.
After reviewing Kavanaugh’s record, Paul said he was confident he would be more open to constitutional Fourth Amendment protections involving digital records and property.
Paul said Kavanaugh has a strong record of property rights and “reining in the administrative state,” and has issued strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments involving the rights of free speech and to bear arms.
“My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my belief that he will evaluate cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and originalist point of view,” Paul wrote.
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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.
Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.
Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.
Here is the thread he posted:
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CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."
Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."
Sean Spicer wonders if he’ll dance better than Geraldo or Tucker Carlson: ‘I’ve set the bar very, very low’
Sean Spicer retreated to the friendly environment of Fox News on Saturday following a week of being publicly denounced.
In a widely criticized decision, ABC announced that President Donald Trump's former White House press secretary would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
ABC was blasted for "normalizing fascism" by allowing Spicer to rehabilitate his public image on the show.