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John Paul Stevens, a retired United States Supreme Court justice who was appointed by former President Gerald Ford, on Thursday issued a stunning statement about Brett Kavanaugh's temperament, telling "a small crowd in Boca Raton that Judge Brett Kavanaugh's performance at confirmation hearings should disqualify him", the Palm Beach Post's Lulu Ramadan reports.

Stevens said he had admired Kavanaugh's judicial work and had written positively about it in one of his books, "Six Amendments", which proposed a number of changes to the Constitution.

The op-ed comes after mounting criticism of Kavanaugh's performance last Thursday.

In 2010, Stevens retired from the bench after serving for 35 years - one of the longest tenured justices in history.

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. "It is the nation's confidence in the judge as impartial guardian of the rule of law".

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

He says commentators have argued that Kavanaugh's Senate testimony last week showed a potential for political bias. He said that he saw Kavanaugh's testimony in the hearings as distinct from Justice Clarence Thomas' during his own nomination process. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is the only Republican who said she opposes confirming Kavanaugh, though she will vote "present" so Sen.

President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his nominee Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

He appeared poised to be confirmed after days of wild confirmation hearings in early September, but his future was thrown into doubt when psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against the judge surfaced in the New Yorker and Washington Post weeks later.

I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge.

During his talk, the 98-year-old was asked his thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In his retirement, he has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

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