Retired Supreme Court Justice: Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

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

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administered the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy administered the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony later today in the Justices' Conference Room at the Supreme Court.

Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982 when both were high school students.

"The senators should really pay attention to it for the good of the court", Stevens said.

In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.

"I've never been a political person", he added.

He says commentators have argued that Kavanaugh's Senate testimony last week showed a potential for political bias.

I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge.

"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas", Stevens said, "which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee".

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Commentators, Stevens said, have argued that Kavanaugh's blistering testimony during a September 27 hearing on sexual misconduct allegations demonstrated a potential for political bias should he serve on the Supreme Court.

Stevens retired in 2010 after serving 35 years on the Supreme Court.

Stevens also said political leaders and the court have failed to fix the nation's confidence in the judicial branch's separation from the president and the legislature.

Even if the court splits 5 to 4 on the nation's most important issues, Sotomayor said, it is important for the public to see that doesn't create animosity among the nine justices.

President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his nominee Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge. Several thousand protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, marching to the Hart Senate Office Building for a protest in the atrium, the New York Times reports. Nine others were arrested on the fourth floor of Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations, delivering a fiery defense that opened with accusations that Ford's allegations were part of an elaborate political coup d'état.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top USA court.

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