Justices Sotomayor, Kagan warn against "politicization" of the Supreme Court

Why Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Has Stopped Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement and personal recommendation led to Kavanaugh's nomination, refused to comment on the matter when asked last month.

During a hearing last month on the sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against him, Kavanaugh claimed - without evidence - that the accusations were a "political hit" by Democrats to exact "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and repeatedly lashed out at Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee as they questioned him. The incident allegedly took place when they were both in high school.

Stevens added, "I've never really been a political person".

Comments by two crucial Republican senators - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about Kavanaugh.

'I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability...

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.

"I think it's worse, I regret to say it", he said.

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Her attorneys are demanding one, along with interviews of nearly twenty other people, but Ford has already testified under oath. Richard Blumenthal of CT , who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark.

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A one-time classmate of Kavanaugh said he was a habitual heavy drinker, challenging the judge's Senate testimony to the contrary. A lawyer for Mr Judge, who has denied any wrongdoing, declined to say when the interview finished or what he was asked.

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Stevens is famously a lifelong Republican-though he just as famously sided with the liberal wing of the court on several hot-button issues over the years.

"Despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY", Trump wrote.

Commentators, Stevens said, have argued that Kavanaugh's blistering testimony during a September 27 hearing on sexual misconduct allegations demonstrated a potential for political bias should he serve on the Supreme Court.

"At that time, I thought (Kavanaugh) had definitely the qualifications ... to sit on the Supreme Court and should be confirmed if he was ever selected", Stevens said Thursday.

Kagan and Sotomayor did not directly address the acrimonious Kavanaugh confirmation process in their talk at Princeton Friday, but called for the court to "guard its reputation of being impartial".

Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as "Believe Survivors" and 'Kava-Nope'. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

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