Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens believes that Brett Kavanaugh's performance during his confirmation hearings should disqualify him from serving on the nation's high court. Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to comment on the Kavanaugh scandal when asked about it last month, but did offer a vague statement about the state of democracy.
Stevens said, according to the Palm Beach Post, there is some merit to the criticisms that Kavanaugh displayed a potential for political bias should he serve on the Supreme Court during his hearing.
"I've changed my views for reasons that have really no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge", Stevens said.
"His performance at the hearings changed my mind", said Stevens at an event Thursday in Boca Raton.
In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.
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But his Senate confirmation process had been roiled by the allegations from Dr Christine Blasey Ford and took place amid an atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.
The Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday morning to invoke cloture, which gives the Senate a maximum of 30 hours to debate.
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".
Kavanaugh testified regarding the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him since his nomination to the court, all of which he categorically denies.
Ford gave an emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, telling senators she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh assaulted her when he was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland. Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land". Last March, Stevens penned an op-ed for the New York Times in which he called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, describing the concern that an unarmed populace is vulnerable to tyranny as "a relic of the 18th century".