– Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said he will not vote for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the senator said he is not ready to cast a vote for the Supreme Court nominee who has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination on Wednesday.
Paul’s decision comes a day after the Judiciary Committee confirmed Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, to the federal bench.
Paul told reporters in Kentucky on Monday that he is undecided on whether to vote for him.
Paul said in Kentucky that he will vote against Kavanaugh if he is confirmed.
“I have some reservations,” he said.
The Kentucky senator is also expected to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose the nomination. “
When we find out that there are no sufficient facts, then I’ll have to weigh the merits of it.”
The Kentucky senator is also expected to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose the nomination.
Paul, a staunch Trump supporter, said that he has not yet decided whether to support the nominee.
“We will see how things develop over the next few days,” Paul said.
The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (RSC) released a statement saying, “We are pleased Senator Paul has made the important decision to remain neutral on this nomination.
He has shown that he stands with the majority of Republicans in opposing the nomination and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the Senate to bring down Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.”
In Kentucky, Republican lawmakers have already begun criticizing the nomination process.
Republican state Rep. Jason Dorsett, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday, “There are so many issues out there that we need to deal with.
He is not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.”
Kentucky Sen. David Watson, a Republican from the state, told the Associated Press that he plans to vote against the nomination of Kavanaugh.
“Brett Kavanaugh is not fit for the United States Senate,” Watson said.
In an interview with CNN, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also called on McConnell to “stop the nomination right now.”
“I’m not voting for Brett,” Lee told CNN.
“There’s no reason for that.”
A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment on Paul’s announcement.
Democratic senators also have weighed in on the nominee, calling for an investigation into the allegations.
“As a country, we should be shocked that the Senate Judiciary would take up a nominee to the Supreme Committee who has engaged in behavior that is so abhorrent and so offensive to women, minorities and members of the LGBT community,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.
“The Senate must do its job.
We must hold the nominee accountable for his actions and his nomination.
We will hold them accountable for their decision, and if we do not, we will hold the Senate accountable.”
The Republican senator from Kentucky, however, has been outspoken about his belief that Kavanaugh should be confirmed.
He also said that if the Senate confirms Kavanaugh, he will “vote to remove” him from the court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.