Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh

John Paul Stevens Opposes Kavanaugh: Thursday Hearing 'Changed My Mind'

Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

According to the Palm Beach Post's Lulu Ramadan, Stevens rubbished the increasingly likely prospect of a Kavanaugh installment on the Supreme Court.

In a video from CSPAN, Stevens explains that he believes Kavanaugh is intellectually capable, but that "his performance" during the hearing does not represent the objectivity we should expect of a nominee to the country's highest court. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", the 98-year-old said.

"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said, noting how many people felt Kavanaugh was too combative.

A fellow judge on the panel, Karen LeCraft Henderson, forwarded more than a dozen misconduct complaints to Roberts after concluding that the reports were substantive enough that they should not be investigated by fellow judges on the same panel. I just don't buy it.

Democrats who oppose his confirmation contend that Kavanaugh could harbor political bias in light of the fierce opposition he faces over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teen while in high school.

Mr Kavanaugh rejected those allegations, as well as further sexual misconduct claims from two other women.

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Kavanaugh said in the op-ed that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of disgusting conduct completely contrary to my record and character".

Although Justice Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were not directly addressing the push to confirm Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, they spoke at a Princeton University conference on the eve of the all-important voting day for senators.

Though he was appointed by a Republican and is a lifelong member of the GOP, Stevens has at times sided with liberal justices on key issues.

"In the last, really 30 years, starting with Justice O'Connor and continuing with Justice Kennedy, there has been a person who found the center or people couldn't predict in that sort of way". "It is the nation's confidence in the judge as impartial guardian of the rule of law". "For the good of the court, it's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job".

Stevens said he thought that decision was sound.

Meanwhile, there are indications that Kavanaugh will eventually win confirmation. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who broke with her party on Friday who voted against advancing (against a cloture motion to end Senate debate) Kavanaugh's nomination, voted "present". During the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's testimony appeared blatantly political - in one instance he called the handling of the accusation "a calculated and orchestrated political hit". Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

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