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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 public is also split on the preferred timing for Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, with 33 percent saying the Senate should consider him this fall, and 31 percent preferring that they wait until after the midterm elections on November 6.

Sen. Rand Paul announced today that he will support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Depending on turnout at the time of the vote, Democrats will likely need all 49 members of their caucus to vote against confirmation and then persuade one or two Republicans to vote against Judge Kavanagaugh as well. "And it's hard to see how a Supreme Court is considered independent when you see so much money spent on advertising to get 51 votes", Jones said.

The debate could interfere with Republicans' goal of swiftly confirming President Donald Trump's pick for the court in time for the start of the new term October 1. Judge Kavanaugh will have my support and my vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

"In reviewing his record on other privacy cases", Mr. Paul said in a statement, and "through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v".

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

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to the National Archives on Friday objecting to its decision not to release documents related to Kavanaugh's service in the Bush White House.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul made his announcement as Kavanaugh continued visiting senators considering his nomination, including the first Democrat he has met, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

In March, the Kentucky senator said he would do "whatever it takes" to block the approval of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, over the former congressman's views on the Iraq war and interventionist foreign policy. All three are up for re-election in states Trump won easily in 2016.

"Kavanaugh's position is basically that national security trumps privacy".

In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling. No Democrats so far have said they would support the nominee. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress.

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