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

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

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

On Thursday, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told an audience of retirees in Florida that he now opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Stevens had praised Kavanaugh in his 2014 book "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution", the Post noted.

Stevens, a Republican who was appointed by GOP President Gerald Ford, often issued liberal opinions during his time on the high court.

Kavanaugh "had the qualifications" to be a Supreme Court justice but his behavior at a hearing last week ― where he defended himself against allegations of sexual assault by blaming Democrats seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" ― was inappropriate and disqualifying, Stevens said.

Supreme Court justices usually don't speak on political matters in public, regardless of their status. That ruling struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions, and Stevens wrote a lengthy dissent in response.

"I think the senators should pay attention to that", Stevens said.

Stevens said Kavanaugh exposed his political bias during that hearing. But, he added, "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability".

Still, I think O'Connor especially might have an opinion worth hearing.

Stevens, who sat on the Court during Bush v. Gore, said the influence of partisan politics on the judicial branch "is worse" than ever, Ramadan notes.

An FBI report to the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.

Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather at the Hart Senate Office Building atrium on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

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