Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday that he will support Judge Brad Kavanaugh after meeting him last week.
"I believe he will carefully follow the constitution and assume his role of taking individual freedom seriously," Paul said.
The Kentucky Senator was one of the few Republicans to consider a possible swing vote on Kavanaugh's affirmation. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are also closely watched.
But with Paul's clear support – and Collins and Murkowski signal potential support in recent weeks – Kavanaugh's prospects seem to be improving as leaders seek rapid confirmation from the case.
In another manifestation of the congressional uprising, Kavanaugh finds his first meeting on Monday with a Democratic senator since he became Trump's Chief Justice.
He plans to team up with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of a handful of Democratic senators who can cross the corridor to vote for Kavanaugh, as most Democrats are against him.
Paul has since criticized Kavanaugh's claim that he supports the collection of telephone metadata without guarantee.
"I have expressed concern over the recordings of Judge Kavanaugh about the collection of data without lawful mass gathering and how this could relate to very important cases of data protection before the Supreme Court," he said Monday.
But he said that his vote was not a "single-issue" decision and expressed confidence in Kavanaugh's record on other issues.
"My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh reinforces my conviction that he will review cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and original point of view," Paul said.
"On issues such as property rights and reining in the administrative state, Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record and showed strong commitment during our meeting … Finally, his strong defense of the First and Second amendments in important cases shows someone who is not afraid To question the status quo and fight backbone Judge Kavanaugh will receive my support and vote to confirm him before the Supreme Court. "
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The Associated Press has contributed to this report.