Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh won the support of one critical Republican senator Monday and met privately with a key Democrat as he inches closer to securing enough votes for confirmation to the high court.
Barrasso said that he was thoroughly impressed with Kavanaugh, and that the meeting was very productive.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has said he'd have no problem confirming Kavanaugh after midterm elections in November. He has also asked West Virginia residents to send him questions for the nominee. The president's decision is extremely important for both sides of the aisle, as Supreme Court justices remain in their positions until death or until they decide to retire. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".
Paul said he hoped Kavanaugh "will be more open to a fourth amendment that protects digital records and property". Kavanaugh has been serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and previously served as staff secretary to Bush from 2003 to 2006.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the archives exclusively for Kavanaugh's documents from his time in the counsel's office because Republicans believe the paperwork from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary is irrelevant to how he would serve as a justice. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, met with Judge Kavanaugh on Monday.
While many Senate Democrats have refused to meet the judge until Republicans agree to release documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House, Manchin has promised to give him "a fair and thorough examination". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the president can count on his vote. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for re-election this year.
Kavanaugh's nomination has delighted Second Amendment advocates - and anxious gun law supporters that his ascendancy to the high court would make it harder to curb the proliferation of guns. Hult said the documents could include Kavanaugh's notes and memos he wrote or commented on that went directly to the president or chief of staff, but she said it could be hard to distill Kavanaugh's own views from them.
Kavanaugh also said that during his tenure they started weekly meetings with Bush and a few others to discuss speeches.