Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice Saturday

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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 98, spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination on Thursday in Florida.

Ford gave an emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, telling senators she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh assaulted her when he was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland.

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. "But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change 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".

According to the Palm Beach Post's Lulu Ramadan, Stevens rubbished the increasingly likely prospect of a Kavanaugh installment on the Supreme Court.

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'.

Stevens had praised Kavanaugh in his 2014 book "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution", the Post noted.

A GoFundMe campaign has raised close to $600,000 ($A850,000) for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family following allegations of sexual misconduct against him dating back more than three decades.


Kavanaugh's opponents' first line of attack targeted his originalist judicial philosophy.

Stevens, whose confirmation was unanimous, lamented the highly partisan atmosphere in Washington that has also engulfed the judiciary.

"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.

The Senate voted 51 to 49 on Friday morning to invoke cloture, which gives the Senate a maximum of 30 hours to debate.

Stevens was nominated to the bench by President Gerald Ford in 1975.

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

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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