U.S. Capitol Police stand guard at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after demonstrators pushed through barricades and occupied the center steps while protesting against the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC.
"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability", Stevens said, according to The Hill. "But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind".
"The senators should pay attention to this", Stevens said.
With Kavanaugh set to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court will now have five consistent conservatives, all nominated by Republican presidents, and four consistent liberals nominated by Democratic presidents.
At one point during the hearing, he called the Democrat's behaviour during his nomination process "an embarrassment", which led to the left to accuse Kavanaugh of showing bias not appropriate for the court.
Brenner agreed with Stevens that Kavanaugh's "demeanor" was not befitting of a Supreme Court justice.
"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".
During his September 27 testimony, Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and complained of "an orchestrated political hit".
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. "As a matter of fact, I put his picture in the book to illustrate my admiration for it", Stevens said. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is the only Republican who said she opposes confirming Kavanaugh, though she will vote "present" so Sen. Stevens even once praised Kavanaugh directly in a book he wrote in 2014.
The former aide to President George W. Bush who also served with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, also declared, "As we all know, in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around".