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Amash slams Kavanaugh over views on government surveillance

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The Hill
July 10, 2018

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Monday called President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavaugh a “disappointing pick,” ripping the judge’s past rulings on surveillance issues.

The congressman cited a 2015 opinion written by Kavanaugh while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, that found “the Government’s metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment.”

“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 tweeted.

He also included a quote from Kavanaugh’s opinion in the case, stating “that critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy occasioned by this program.”

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This article was posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7:48 am





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