Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens weighed in on the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation process.
President Donald Trump’s nominee is set for a Senate vote amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in 1982 and misrepresented that period of his life under oath during his confirmation testimony before the Senate judiciary committee.
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the high court from 1975 to 2010, said the hearings revealed a temperament and potential for political bias that does not belong on the Supreme Court.
Stevens, who has previously praised the nominee’s record as a judge, said Kavanaugh’s “performance in the hearings” led him to change his mind.
He said there was “merit” to the criticism surrounding Kavanaugh, adding that “the senators should really pay attention” to the issue.