Rand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh

Rand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he’s “undecided” on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference 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 McCainEarth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders MORE (R-Ariz.) battling brain cancer at his home in Arizona, the GOP can ill afford any defections.