Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has declined to commit to a “yes” vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Politico reported on Tuesday.
This despite the fact that he was guiding Kavanaugh through the Senate confirmation process until Kyl was appointed last month to fill the late John McCain's Senate seat.
“I’m not making any comments on that until after Thursday," Kyl said, referring to that day’s Senate hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in high school decades ago, will testify, as well as the Supreme Court nominee.
Dozens of other Republican senators have committed publicly to backing Kavanaugh's nomination and haven't changed that stance since Ford and Deborah Ramirez accused the judge of sexual misconduct.
Before taking over McCain’s seat, Kyl was working as a lobbyist for the law firm Covington & Burling, according to Fortune.
Previous to that he had a long career in Congress representing Arizona. He served in the House from 1987 to 1995 and then in the Senate from 1995 to 2013, serving together with McCain.
During his last five years as senator, Kyl served as Senate Minority Whip.
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