Jon Kyl (R - AZ) Definitely Yes



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(Statements last updated October 6, 2018 04:02 PM -04:00.)

October 4: Finally, Thursday, Kyl showed up in public, on the floor of the Senate, and explained in a half-hour speech, why he continues to support Kavanaugh's nomination. In doing so, he answered a couple of my questions about his work helping Kavanaugh's nomination...He went on to praise Kavanaugh's judicial record and ask colleagues to judge his "judicial temperament," which came into question during Thursday's angry and disrespectful testimony, on his 12 years in the D.C. circuit court. (

October 4: Just now, @SenJonKyl said of Brett Kavanaugh: "It is more probable than not that the allegations against him are not true." He argued Merrick Garland is not relevant, and Kavanaugh should be judged by his qualifications. (Twitter)

September 28: I am pleased the majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to send the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate with the recommendation for approval and that the Senate is now considering it. In addition, the President ordered the FBI to reopen its background check on Judge Kavanaugh for the purpose of interviewing witnesses involved in the recent allegations against him...The statements obtained by the very experienced special investigators on the Judiciary Committee staff are no less valid than interviews by FBI agents; and penalties for perjury are the same. It is worth noting that Judge Kavanaugh has participated in six FBI background investigations throughout his career. We should not be surprised if conflicts among witnesses are still unresolved. (

September 24: The past 10 days seem to have rattled even some of Kavanaugh’s most ardent supporters. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) was working as Kavanaugh’s sherpa to get him confirmed before being appointed to the Senate after the death of John McCain, but he didn’t want to talk about Kavanaugh at all on Monday as the nomination hung in the balance. “I don’t have any stand. I’m still working really hard to figure out where to go and how to get there,” said Kyl, who used to be the No. 2 Republican. Asked whether something in the Judiciary hearing on Thursday could change his mind about Kavanaugh, he replied: “I don’t know. I’m not going to be in the Thursday hearing, I’m not on the Judiciary Committee.” (Politico)

July 10: When reached via email on Tuesday, Kyl said that he's busy with the confirmation process. "Prospects excellent. I just help out," Kyl wrote. "Introduce him to Senators, follow up, etc." Kyl has also not held back from criticizing Trump. He has called the president "boorish" and "his own worst enemy." Yet he is apparently still willing to steer Trump's hugely consequential Cabinet and Supreme Court picks through the Senate gauntlet. (Phoenix New Times)


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