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Amash Hits Kavanaugh on Surveillance Rulings


By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 03:27 PM

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., says Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, is a "disappointing pick" because of his rulings on the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance techniques.

"Disappointing pick, particularly with respect to his Fourth Amendment record," Amash said in a Twitter post.

"Future decisions on the constitutionality of government surveillance of Americans will be huge. We can't afford a rubber stamp for the executive branch."

Amash referred to a controversial 2015 opinion penned by Kavanaugh for U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which found the NSA's metadata collection program "is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment."

His view echoes that of former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman who Tuesday urged Trump to withdraw the nomination.

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"How can you have a judge who claims that he's conservative ascend to the Supreme Court when he has little respect for the Fourth Amendment?" Klayman, founder of the government watchdog Freedom Watch, told "America Talks Live" on Newsmax TV.

"I love this president, but he made a big mistake which will sow the seeds of his own destruction, potentially, with regard to illegal surveillance and also sow the seeds of the populace having to live under this type of Orwellian state . . . Why did he roll over to this Bush/Cheney Republican swamp?"

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Brett Kavanaugh is a "disappointing pick" because of his rulings on the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance techniques, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Wednesday.
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