Retired Supreme Court Justice Changes Mind on Kavanaugh

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday said he doesn't believe Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the high court. "But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind".

In his testimony, Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual assault against him and said they were "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and fueled by "millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups", unprecedented language from a Supreme Court nominee.

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While Kavanaugh said he enjoyed beer in high school and college and sometimes drank to excess, he testified he never blacked out. She said she was inebriated but confident enough in her recollection to go public and ask the FBI to investigate the claims.

Stevens specifically singled out Kavanaugh's politically-charged invective as a reason for his decision to part ways with Kavanaugh, adding that many commenters have predicted it would result in bias from Kavanaugh's eventual opinions were he to serve on the court.

"I think there's merit in that criticism, and that the senators should really pay attention to it for the good of the court". President Gerald Ford nominated Stevens to the court. The Palm Beach Post notes that "as a justice, Stevens was one of three dissenting votes in the Bush v. Gore case that ordered Florida to end the ballot recount in the disputed presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, and effectively propelled Bush to the presidency".

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Stevens said he, too, has come to believe that Kavanaugh, a US appellate judge, "demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the (high) court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities".

John Paul Stevens is a lifelong Republican, by the way.

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Stevens is the first retired or serving Supreme Court justice to comment on the controversy over Kavanaugh's confirmation. Patrick Leahy, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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