WASHINGTON - Georgia’s senior U.S. Senator announced Thursday he will vote for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a statement to FOX 5, Senator Johnny Isakson said, “The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley, did a remarkable job conducting the confirmation process to consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. 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.”
A key undecided Republican senator says the FBI appears to have conducted a "very thorough investigation" of the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.
But Maine's Susan Collins says she wants to read the report for herself.
Collins is among the few wavering senators who could decide whether Kavanaugh is confirmed for a seat on the high court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the FBI's background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh didn't corroborate any of the sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.
McConnell said the FBI didn't uncover information from any witnesses to corroborate the claims against Kavanaugh, including from people his accusers named as eyewitnesses. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
McConnell says senators won't be "hoodwinked" by those who have tried to "smear" Kavanaugh's reputation.
The FBI's confidential report was delivered to the Senate overnight. Senators have to read it in a secure room in the Capitol complex.
Senate Democrats criticized the White House for what they say is a limited FBI investigation of Kavanaugh.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the most notable part of a report into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh "is what's not in it."
Kavanaugh denies the accusations.
Feinstein says the report made available to senators on Thursday is "very limited" and she says "it looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation."
Feinstein says the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says he disagrees with a statement by the committee's GOP chairman that the report found "no hint of misconduct" by Kavanaugh.
Schumer called for the report to be made public as well the directive the White House gave the FBI ordering the investigation.
The Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote on his nomination on Friday.
In his statement, Isakson added, “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. 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 an associate justice on the Supreme Court.”
Sen. Purdue added his support as well in a statement which reads:
“I have twice reviewed the supplemental FBI report on Judge Kavanaugh’s background and the allegations. There is still no corroborating evidence for the accusations made against Judge Kavanaugh. It’s time to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.