Judge Brett Kavanaugh has admitted to saying some things he should not have during a Senate hearing last week, a tacit acknowledgment of the questions raised on his behavior and feelings as he seeks confirmation from the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh made the remarks in a column for the Wall Street Journal, arguing that he would be an independent and impartial judge. But he did not apologize for his behavior at the trial, when he interrupted senators, asked questions about pushing them back, and began his introductory remarks with comments on "Revenge for the Clintons" and left-wing groups.
His performance has been under increasing scrutiny as his possible appointment to the Supreme Court is in delicate balance.
More than 2,400 law professors across the political spectrum signed a letter this week, arguing that the lack of "legal temperament" demonstrated by Kavanaugh would be disqualified for any court, let alone the highest land. A former Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, has also spoken out and said that Kavanaugh's hearing on Thursday during an event was inappropriate, reports the Palm Beach Post.
And when Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota – a Democrat from a Red State who voted in favor of confirming President Trump's first nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch – announced it decided not to support Kavanaugh On Thursday, she also asked questions about Kavanaugh's "temperament, honesty and impartiality" as the boss of her concerns.
"I was very emotional last Thursday, more than ever, and sometimes I could have been too emotional," Kavanaugh wrote. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things that I should not have said."
But despite the conciliatory nod, Kavanaugh continued to complain about the treatment he faced, criticizing the allegations he called "unjustified and sometimes malicious allegations."
"My time in high school and college, more than 30 years ago, has been ridiculously distorted, and my wife and daughters have faced vicious and violent threats," he wrote. "My testimony and answers also reflected my profound despair over the injustice with which this allegation was handled."
Critics quickly resorted to what they saw as a separation between the feelings in the column and those he showed during the hearing.
"Their shameful and deliberately polarizing performance in this lecture hall completely contradicted the sweet reason expressed in this published NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen wrote on Twitter.
"It's too late for that, Judge Kavanaugh," wrote Democratic Senator Chris Murphy on Twitter. "They told us that there is a huge liberal conspiracy under the leadership of The Senator who is organizing fake charges against you, which is delusional, threatening us with" what's going around, going around. "That's unacceptable."
Kavanaugh said in the column that he believes the Supreme Court should "never be considered a partisan institution."
"The judges do not sit on opposite sides of a corridor," he wrote. "As I have repeatedly said, if I were to be confirmed to the court, I would be part of a nine-person team committed to settle cases under the United States Constitution and laws, and I would always strive to be a team player "
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