Rand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh

Rand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate ratifies long-stalled tax treaty On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses The buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he’s “undecided” on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, citing concerns with the judge’s rulings on issues of privacy and the Fourth Amendment.

Paul said on “Fox & Friends” that he’s keeping an open mind to Kavanaugh’s nomination and plans to meet with the judge in the coming weeks. But Paul said he’s “concerned” about the judge, pointing to his opinion in the case of Klayman v. Obama.

Paul — who has long been a critic of government overreach on matters of civil liberties — has taken issue with Kavanaugh’s writing in the case, in which the judge said the “government’s metadata program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment.”

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“I am worried though, and perhaps disappointed, that I think Kavanaugh will cancel out [Justice Neil] Gorsuch’s vote on the Fourth Amendment,” Paul said. 

“There are 10 rights or 10 amendments listed in the Bill of Rights and so the Fourth Amendment is one of them,” Paul said. “So, we’re already down one of them, let’s see how he does on the other nine.” 

The senator added that he plans to have a “frank discussion” with Kavanaugh, but acknowledged that Supreme Court nominees don’t often provide much information in such conversations.

“But I think the conversation is useful, and I think it’s worth him hearing that I don’t think anybody in America believes that when you use a cell phone company, or when you use Visa, or when you us a bank that somehow you’ve given up your privacy,” Paul said.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh last week to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Paul could prove a key swing vote in the upcoming nomination process.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know' MORE (R-Ariz.) battling brain cancer at his home in Arizona, the GOP can ill afford any defections.