SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Sen. Rand Paul Vows to SUPPORT Trump's Court Pick

Schumer calls on Bush to release Kavanaugh White House documents

Senate Democrats, infuriated with Republicans for requesting only a portion of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's records from his tenure in the George W. Bush White House, are sending a wide-ranging request demanding that his entire paper trail be provided to Congress.

GOP Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said Monday he'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh, after previously criticizing the judge's rulings as insufficiently protective of individual privacy.

Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate and need at least 50 Republican votes to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, unless Democrats such as Sen.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, as Supreme Court justice on July 9, calling him a man with "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law". Only a simple majority is needed to confirm Kavanaugh, after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees a year ago. He has also asked West Virginia residents to send him questions for the nominee.

Republican strategists tell Fox News that if the West Virginia Democratic senator votes "no" on the Supreme Court nominee, he upsets voters, but if he votes 'yes, ' he upsets donors.

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.

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After weeks of threatening to vote against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to the National Archives on Friday objecting to its decision not to release documents related to Kavanaugh's service in the Bush White House.

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. All three are up for re-election in states Trump won easily in 2016.

Manchin was one of three Democrats to support Gorsuch, along with Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. That case centered on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's controversial information-gathering program, which involved the NSA collecting the telephony metadata of all Americans.

Kavanaugh also said that during his tenure they started weekly meetings with Bush and a few others to discuss speeches.

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