Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, retired Justice Stevens says

Howard TerryOct 07, 2018

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens blasted nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a private event in Florida on Thursday - saying "his performance in the hearings" should disqualify him.

Stevens, who's praised Kavanaugh before, says he's changed his mind about Kavanaugh for reasons unrelated to Kavanaugh's "intellectual ability".

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", Stevens said, noting that prominent law professors, including Laurence Tribe, a law professor at Harvard, were also critical of Kavanaugh's statements.

Brett Kavanaugh has heard the complaints about his poor judicial temperament and on Thursday, the judge who last week said sexual assault allegations against him were a conspiracy launched by Donald Trump's enemies, attempt a mea culpa.

"And I think there is merit in that criticism and that the senators should really pay attention to it".

Stephens was appointed to the high court by President Gerald Ford and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

At one point during the hearing, he called the Democrat's behaviour during his nomination process "an embarrassment", which led to the left to accuse Kavanaugh of showing bias not appropriate for the court.

Stevens, 98, served on the Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.

"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", he said Thursday.

During his September 27 testimony, Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and complained of "an orchestrated political hit". Stevens was a lifelong Republican but was considered liberal in his judicial rulings.

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation Friday, a day after the FBI concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Going forward, Kavanaugh said, "you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good". But he has since gone on to question her credibility on Twitter and to openly mock her at a campaign rally - a move Ford's lawyer said she found "very hurtful". "As a matter of fact, I put his picture in the book to illustrate my admiration for it", Stevens said.

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