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Only a simple majority is needed to confirm Kavanaugh, after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees past year.

Paul was widely regarded as a possible "swing vote" against Trump's pick; leaving Sen.

Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate. He accused Schumer and his colleagues of simply trying to delay the process with the request for documents that would total in the millions of pages. Supreme Court - seemingly eliminating one of the Republicans most likely to join Democrats in blocking the appointment.

Republicans, however, have now "declined to sign a bipartisan document request or Judge Kavanaugh's complete record", wrote Schumer, who said he's concerned that only those documents that have been "pre-screened and approved by the private legal team" will be disclosed to the Senate. My guess is that, again absent any surprising new information about Kavanaugh, Manchin will vote to confirm him.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sen.

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In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling.

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.

Mr. Paul's support leaves Democrats with only a narrow path to defeating Judge Kavanaugh. 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.

So what caused Paul to stop worrying about Kavanaugh's Klayman opinion? He said the senator's support "means a lot to me, and to everyone who loves our country!" "I would say it's not a high-priority use of time". In an interview with Hult's co-author, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Kavanaugh said it was important that he maintain "strict neutrality and impartiality" in bringing disagreements about the wording of proposals or decisions to the president. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., alleged at the time that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress. Kavanaugh held that position from 2003 to 2006 after serving in the White House Counsel's office.

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