Retired Justice John Paul Stevens Says Kavanaugh Should Not Be on Supreme Court

He said the nominee’s behavior during Thursday’s hearing changed his mind.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said on Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court, citing the nominee’s behavior during last week’s hearing. 

“I thought [Kavanaugh] definitely had the qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court and should be confirmed if he was ever selected, but I’ve changed my views for reasons that have, really, no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge,” Stevens said during an event in Boca Raton, Florida, according to the Palm Beach Post. “I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind.”

Other commentators had noted that Kavanaugh’s comments during the hearing showed a partisan bias and could affect his position on the Supreme Court, and Stevens agreed. “I think there’s merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that,” he said. 

Stevens remarks come as the Senate heads closer to a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, likely Saturday. 

Watch his full comments here:

Fact:

In-depth journalism that investigates the powerful takes real money and is so damn important right now.But it doesn’t take a Mother Jones investigation to know that billionaires and corporations will never fund the type of reporting (like they do politicians) we do that exists to help bring about change. Instead, our mission-driven journalism is made possible by people power, and has been for 46 years now since our founding as a non-profit.

In “TITLE TK” Monica Bauerlein writes about the perilous moment we’re in, and why it’s so important that we raise $325,000 by the time November’s midterms are decided so we can be ready to throw everything we have at the big issues facing the nation no matter what happens. Please help MoJo’s people-powered journalism with a donation today.

$400,000 to go!

payment methods

Fact:

In-depth journalism that investigates the powerful takes real money and is so damn important right now.But it doesn’t take a Mother Jones investigation to know that billionaires and corporations will never fund the type of reporting (like they do politicians) we do that exists to help bring about change. Instead, our mission-driven journalism is made possible by people power, and has been for 46 years now since our founding as a non-profit.

In “TITLE TK” Monica Bauerlein writes about the perilous moment we’re in, and why it’s so important that we raise $325,000 by the time November’s midterms are decided so we can be ready to throw everything we have at the big issues facing the nation no matter what happens. Please help MoJo’s people-powered journalism with a donation today.

$400,000 to go!

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate