He had expressed concern over Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to important privacy cases.
"The Republican majority has cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency and has made a partisan request for only a small subset of Judge Kavanaugh's records", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday morning.
Depending on turnout at the time of the vote, Democrats will likely need all 49 members of their caucus to vote against confirmation and then persuade one or two Republicans to vote against Judge Kavanagaugh as well. The letter also asks for any documents that were "written by, edited by, prepared in whole or part by, under the supervision of, or at the direction of" Kavanaugh, and any record that refers to him by name, his initials or his title. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote.
- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018In reviewing his record on other privacy cases like Jones, and through my conversation with him, I have hope that in light of the new precedent in Carpenter v.
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". Paul had said he was on the fence. This mentality drastically differs from that of Democrats, who believe they'll be hurt by a government shutdown and have little leverage to combat Republican demands. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, met with Judge Kavanaugh on Monday. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for re-election this year.
The group spending the most, the pro-Kavanaugh Judicial Crisis Network, says it has spent $4.5 million on ads created to boost Kavanaugh since Trump announced his nomination on July 9.
He said that many of those documents are irrelevant to Kavanaugh's legal history, and that the nominee would not be able to adequately comment on them.
Kavanaugh also said that during his tenure they started weekly meetings with Bush and a few others to discuss speeches.