Brett Kavanaugh has heard the complaints about his poor judicial temperament and on Thursday, the judge who last week said sexual assault allegations against him were a conspiracy launched by Donald Trump's enemies, attempt a mea culpa. I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind'.
"At that time, I thought he had definitely the qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court and should be confirmed if he was ever selected".
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'.
In the book, Stevens praised a decision from Kavanaugh.
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Kavanaugh said in the op-ed that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of awful conduct completely contrary to my record and character".
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has written an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal defending his independence and impartiality. Others who knew Kavanaugh in high school and college have also described him then as a heavy and frequent drinker.
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"I think there's merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that".
'I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability...
Stevens, whose confirmation was unanimous, lamented the highly partisan atmosphere in Washington that has also engulfed the judiciary. 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".
Even if the court splits 5 to 4 on the nation's most important issues, Sotomayor said, it is important for the public to see that doesn't create animosity among the nine justices.
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.
During his September 27 testimony, Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and complained of "an orchestrated political hit". "And it's not so clear that, you know, I think going forward that sort of middle position - you know, it's not so clear whether we'll have it".