Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, retired judge says

Bill Clark  CQ-Roll Call Group

Bill Clark CQ-Roll Call Group

Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh.

But everything changed after his Judiciary Committee testimony. "But his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind".

Some critics have argued that Kavanaugh's highly partisan remarks so compromised his ability to appear politically fair-minded that he would be forced to recuse himself on many cases to preserve the integrity of court's integrity.

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"For the good of the court", he said, "it's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job".

During his talk, the 98-year-old was asked his thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Roberts was appointed by then-President George W. Bush, who revealed in his memoir that Kavanaugh had helped him decide to nominate Roberts to the court. For weeks, Kavanaugh said, some Democrats were "lying in wait" with Ford's allegation, ready to use it "only if you couldn't take me out on the merits".

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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.

According to The Palm Beach Post, Stevens told a small crowd in Boca Raton, Fla., that he once believed Kavanaugh to be qualified, but changed his mind after the judge's testimony in Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.

The op-ed comes after mounting criticism of Kavanaugh's performance last Thursday. During the hearing, Kavanaugh consistently harassed Democratic Senators, asking them what alcohol they preferred, and if they had ever blacked out. Nine others were arrested on the fourth floor of Dirksen Senate Office Building. 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".

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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.

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