Retired Supreme Court Justice: Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

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It's rare for a retired justice to weigh in on a pending nomination.

Stevens said during an event in front of a small crowd that Kavanaugh's performance last week during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee caused him to change his mind about Kavanaugh's suitability for the court.

Dr Blasey Ford testified last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early 1980s while they were in high school.

'I think there's merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that, ' Stevens said.

"Like many decent people from both parties, I have been disgusted by the unsubstantiated 36-year-old smears aimed at Brett Kavanaugh", the campaign description reads. "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.

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Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court's appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh. "It's not healthy to get a new justice that can only do a part-time job". Nominated by President Gerald Ford, Stevens was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

Stevens had previously supported Kavanaugh's nomination, saying the D.C. Circuit Court judge was sufficiently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

Roberts, Jr. has not referred judicial misconduct complaints against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a judicial panel for investigation, The Washington Post reported Saturday. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

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'. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is the only Republican who said she opposes confirming Kavanaugh, though she will vote "present" so Sen.

Kavanaugh had spent more than three years working for Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.