But Schumer said he was reaching out "to ask you to authorize that the complete record of Judge Kavanaugh's service in the White House be made public so that all Americans can be informed about this nomination and the Senate can fulfill its constitutional advice and consent obligations".
While Paul says nominees should be judged on their character, views, and opinions, he notes nobody will "ever completely agree with a nominee".
In a statement released by his office, Paul explained, "Of course, my vote is not a single-issue vote, and much of my reading and conversation has been in trying to figure out exactly how good Judge Kavanaugh will be on other issues before the court".
Paul said Kavanaugh has a strong record of property rights and "reining in the administrative state", and has issued strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments involving the rights of free speech and to bear arms. His views on due process and mens rea show a thoughtful approach to the law and its applications.
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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. Manchin is the first Democratic senator to meet with Kavanaugh.
Paul's endorsement gave Kavanaugh a boost as he prepared to sit down on Monday afternoon with Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, who backed Haspel and is again seen by Republicans as a likely pickup. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is fighting brain cancer, Republicans can not afford to lose a single GOP vote to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats vote "no".
Trump tapped Kavanaugh, a judge on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court earlier this month. Susan Collins, R-Maine or Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, don't pull a surprise 180 and turn on Trump's nominee.
Both senators support abortion rights, and liberal advocacy groups have argued that Kavanaugh's confirmation would undermine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision.