Without mentioning allegations of sexual abuse or the related FBI report, Georgia’s senior senator, Johnny Isakson, announced Thursday he will vote to confirm D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley, did a remarkable job conducting the confirmation process to consider the nomination,” Isakson, a Republican, said Thursday in a news release. “After reviewing the proceedings, including more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh, and reviewing all witness testimony along with the rest of the record that has been presented throughout the course of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, I will support his nomination.”
Isakson made his statement soon after senators had an opportunity to review the FBI report from the investigation ordered after Christine Blasey Ford testified before the committee last Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. But Isakson didn’t mention those allegations or the resulting controversy that has divided the Senate and the country.
“Any judge on the nation’s highest court should be one who understands and applies the law based on the U.S. Constitution, and I have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh will fulfill these duties accordingly,” Isakson said. “I’ve based my decision on the totality of the information provided during the confirmation process. Judge Kavanaugh is a talented and experienced jurist, and I am confident he will bring a strong commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law to the Supreme Court. I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as associate justice on the Supreme Court.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed the cloture motion Wednesday evening. The cloture vote is scheduled for Friday, setting up a full Senate vote on the confirmation Saturday.
Georgia’s junior senator, David Perdue, also a Republican, reiterated he would vote for Kavanaugh last week after Ford testified. He said her accusations were uncorroborated and the resulting FBI probe was unnecessary and redundant. Perdue again dismissed her claims and spoke in support of Kavanaugh on the Senate floor Wednesday before seeing the FBI report.