Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed, retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens says

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(Reuters) - Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The retired Supreme Court justice said there is "merit" in the criticism that Kavanaugh "has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential (litigation) before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities". "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", the 98-year-old said.

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".

"I think it's been an extremely important thing for the court that in the last, really, 30 years, starting with Justice [Sandra Day] O'Connor and continuing with Justice Kennedy, there has been a person who people found [to represent] the center, who people couldn't predict in that sort of way", Kagan said. Still, Kavanaugh promises in the op-ed, if confirmed to the Supreme Court he will "keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law". Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

At a forum at their alma mater on Friday, Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor anxious about how the bitter partisan battle over the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh will affect the high court's reputation.

In an emotionally charged hearing September 27, Ford testified that a drunken Kavanaugh had forced himself on her at a gathering when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

"I think it's worse, I regret to say it", he told the group of seniors in Boca Raton.

Throughout his tenure as a Supreme Court justice, Stevens made some controversial decisions.

Since his retirement, Stevens has penned a handful of opinion pieces for the New York Times calling for dramatic liberal reform. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is the only Republican who said she opposes confirming Kavanaugh, though she will vote "present" so Sen. Kavanaugh called the dark allegations "revenge on behalf of the Clintons", referring to the time he spent working for independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton's finances, which led to the president's impeachment.

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