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Once a Kavanaugh fan, former Justice John Paul Stevens withdraws support

Once a Kavanaugh fan, former Justice John Paul Stevens withdraws support

Retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens suggested Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh doesn't have the right temperament to sit on America's highest court.

At the heart of Stevens' critique was Kavanaugh's highly partisan speech defending himself against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Saturday that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush-era appointee who voted against gay marriage in 2015 but supported Obamacare in 2012, could serve as the Supreme Court's new center. Former justices do not normally comment on pending Supreme Court nominations, and Stevens is the only living former justice to comment on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

'It is the nation's confidence in the judge as impartial guardian of the rule of law'.

"I think it's worse, I regret to say it", he told the group of seniors in Boca Raton. 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". In "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution", Stevens lauded the younger judge for a ruling he issued regarding political contributions.

Stevens doesn't even bring up the possibility that Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women; the fact that Kavanaugh was unable to hide his obstinately biased opinions is enough to disqualify him. He was appointed in 1975 by President Gerald Ford, a Republican, but he voted with the court's liberal wing for much of his tenure.

Stevens retired in 2010 after serving 35 years on the Supreme Court. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability ..."

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. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations later in the hearing, calling the hearing a "circus" and sparring with Democrats as they questioned him about his drinking and character.


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