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President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee finally met with a Democrat on Monday, as Senator Joe Manchin bucked his party and welcomed Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill.

Republican Senator Rand Paul had been publicly waffling over Kavanaugh but announced his support for the nominee, earning thanks from the president.

Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), one of three Democrats who supported Neil Gorsuch a year ago for the Supreme Court.

Paul said last week he was "very concerned" about Kavanaugh's positions on privacy and the Fourth Amendment and remained undecided.

"I'm anxious about his opinion on the Fourth Amendment", Paul said a few weeks ago, speaking of the nominee.

On issues such as property rights and reining in the administrative state, Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record and showed a deep commitment during our meeting.

"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul added.

After Manchin said he would talk with Kavanaugh, another red-state Democrat, Sen. "This is a big deal", Paul said in an interview with Politico.

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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.

Paul's concerns centered on Judge Kavanaugh's 2015 statement concurring in the denial of rehearing en banc in Klayman v. Obama, which was then before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

In May, Paul did vote against Gina Haspel, Trump's pick to succeed Pompeo at the CIA, over her role in the agency's historic use of torture.

But Paul probably doesn't want to become the object of insanely intense pressure from both sides of the Kavanaugh battle, and particularly from conservatives who view this nomination as a crucial step in the reversal of liberal judicial precedents on issues ranging from economic regulation to voting rights to the big one: abortion.

"To go on a fishing expedition into millions of documents that he had nothing substantive to say about I think would be a mistake", Portman said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

If Kavanaugh receives the vote of every Republican Senator other than John McCain who is incapacitated, he can be confirmed without any Democratic support.

According to Bloomberg's Laura Litvan, all Manchin would say afterwards was that "it truly was a very productive meeting and it helped me and my staff understand", and that he'll decide how to vote after the confirmation hearing.

Kavanaugh's nomination has delighted Second Amendment advocates - and anxious gun law supporters that his ascendancy to the high court would make it harder to curb the proliferation of guns.