Senators Meet with SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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Last week, Paul told Politico that he was "honestly undecided" on supporting the conservative judge.

Even so, the surveys suggest that Kavanaugh is starting out from a less popular position than Trump's previous nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed in 2017.

Fewer than a quarter of Americans say they're following the confirmation battle very closely, with 30 percent paying somewhat close attention, and 46 percent saying they're not following the story closely or at all. "And that worries me ..."

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. "United States, Judge Kavanaugh will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property".

"As the senator from West Virginia, I have a constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies and I take that responsibility seriously", he said in a statement.

Mr. Paul's support leaves Democrats with only a narrow path to defeating Judge Kavanaugh. Several Republican senators are still on the fence about him. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote. Republicans disagree and have accused Democrats of using the issue to try to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) looks likely to launch a pressure campaign against Collins and Murkowski, whose constituents are mostly pro-choice.

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"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", said Paul.

Mr. Manchin said he hadn't made up his mind, but his office released photos showing the two men shaking hands and smiling broadly as they talked for two hours.

Still, "I wouldn't say it's a waste of time", she said of looking at the documents. "It gave us a lot to work on", Manchin told reporters.

Paul said that his conversation with Kavanaugh Tuesday convinced him that he would evaluate Supreme Court cases "from a textual and originalist point of view".

Earlier this month, Trump nominated Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.