GOP senator: 'Absolutely no rush to judgment' in Kavanaugh hearing

Republican Sen. David Perdue (Ga.) said Sunday that there is "absolutely no rush to judgment" ahead of hearings this week related to sexual misconduct accusations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

"If we don’t get all the information this week, I have total confidence that Sen. Grassley will take his time and make sure we have all the information we need. There is absolutely no rush to judgment," Perdue said on NBC's "Meet the Press," referring to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Senate committee to hold hearing following FBI watchdog's report on Nassar case MORE (R-Iowa).


Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, could both testify this week in front of the Judiciary Committee. Ford's lawyers and committee staff struck a tentative deal Saturday that would have her testify on Thursday. 

Ford has said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. She told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to yell.

Perdue said Sunday that Ford's accusations "are serious allegations" and that he hopes Ford can be "put in a comfortable situation" that allows her to testify. But he added that senators need to hear from both Ford and Kavanaugh "and make sure that we do it in a timely manner."

"We've already waited three months to get this information, since the information was provided to Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein [D-Calif.]," he said. "So it's time to have this hearing and get it before the American people."

Perdue added that he doesn't think an FBI investigation into the allegations is necessary, saying that it's up to senators to determine the truth.

"Part of what the FBI is supposed to do is to make sure that they determine that this is an issue and to make sure that they bring it before the committee," he said. "We've had precedents on this before. And in this case, they have done their duty. And right now, the only people that are going to determine who's telling the truth in this issue are the United States senators."