Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced on Monday his intention to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
“After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination,” Paul said in a statement. No one will “ever completely agree with a nominee,” Paul added, saying they “must be judged on the totality of their views, character, and opinions.”
Last week, the Kentucky Republican said he was “honestly undecided” on whether to support Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump tapped in June to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat.
Paul cited concerns over “privacy” and “the Fourth Amendment” as being the basis for hesitating to back Kavanaugh.
“I am honestly undecided. I am very concerned about his position on privacy and the Fourth Amendment. This is not a small deal for me. This is a big deal,” Paul said in an interview with Politico. “Kavanaugh’s position is basically that national security trumps privacy. And he said it very strongly and explicitly. And that worries me.”
Although he was initially teetering on the brink of voting to confirm Kavanaugh, Paul had said Kavanaugh “may be a lot better than a Clinton appointee”- in this case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Wouldn’t you rather have Kavanaugh than Ruth Bader Ginsburg? He’s probably good on economic liberty and overzealous regulation and things like that. So I don’t want to have it sort of in a vacuum,” the Senator said. “I’ll have to weigh that versus other aspects that he may be a lot better than a Clinton appointee.”
Liberals have been dreading the possibility of the 85-year-old Ginsburg potentially stepping down during Trump’s tenure, which would give the president a third Supreme Court pick.
On Sunday, however, Ginsburg said she expects to remain on the bench for at least another five years.
“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg told CNN. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years.”
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