John Paul Stevens Says Kavanaugh’s "Performance" At His Hearings Should Disqualify Him

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Stevens went on to say that his change of heart on Kavanaugh's fitness for the high court was "for reasons that have really no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge".

"That's not happening any time soon", moderator Frank Cerabino, of The Palm Beach Post, joked about a unanimous Senate confirmation.

Stevens also said political leaders and the court have failed to fix the nation's confidence in the judicial branch's separation from the president and the legislature.

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.

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"I revere the Constitution", Kavanaugh wrote.

Perhaps sealing his fate as a liberal justice in the public imagination-though that's not entirely true-was Stevens' lengthy dissent in the landmark case of Bush v. Gore.

Kavanaugh testified regarding the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him since his nomination to the court, all of which he categorically denies.

Brenner agreed with Stevens that Kavanaugh's "demeanor" was not befitting of a Supreme Court justice. "In other words, people thinking of the court as not politically divided in the same way, as not an extension of politics, but instead somehow above the fray", she also said.

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"I think that that institution has hurt the court a lot, and may continue to do so", Sotomayor said.

Although Justice Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were not directly addressing the push to confirm Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, they spoke at a Princeton University conference on the eve of the all-important voting day for senators.

"I agree with Justice Stevens", Leahy tweeted. "That enabled the court to look as though it was not owned by one side or another and was indeed impartial and neutral and fair", Kagan said.

"We live in this world where it's just the nine of us", Kagan said.

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The 64-year-old was agreeing with sentiments earlier expressed by Kagan suggesting that the exit of Kennedy could mean the reputation of the Supreme Court suffers. 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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