Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed, retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens says

Arturo Kim
October 7, 2018

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

"The senators should pay attention to this", Stevens said.

In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.

'Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the victor of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is clear, ' Stevens wrote in his dissent.

Stevens cited commentary by Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe and others suggesting Kavanaugh had raised doubts about his political impartiality when he asserted that sexual misconduct accusations he faced stemmed from an "orchestrated political hit" funded by left-wing groups seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", he said, according to The Palm Beach Post.

"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", Henderson said in a statement. "And it's not so clear that - I think, going forward, that sort of middle position - you know, it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

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In his appearance at an event for retirees in Boca Raton, Stevens said he initially thought Kavanaugh should be selected for the Supreme Court because he had the qualifications for the job.

A GoFundMe campaign has raised close to $600,000 ($A850,000) for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family following allegations of sexual misconduct against him dating back more than three decades.

Stevens 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. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 1975 after being nominated to the court by President Gerald Ford.

"You can not help but like Clarence Thomas, which I don't think necessarily would be true of this particular nominee", he added. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

The Senate advanced Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, setting up a final vote expected on Saturday.

Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct, wrote on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that the allegations against Kavanaugh were 'totally uncorroborated'.

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