“I hope he will not do an excessive amount of harm,” the retired liberal justice advised CNN’s John Berman.
“I do not suppose they need to do this,” Stevens mentioned of courtroom packing proposals. “I feel in time the courtroom will straighten itself out. It could take longer, however I do not suppose the reply is rising the variety of justices.”
Stevens mentioned whereas he wouldn’t have made the identical judicial appointments as Trump, he thought Trump was “getting recommendation from people who find themselves educated about judges.” However when requested if Trump understood the function of the judiciary, Stevens responded flatly: “No.”
“I feel he usually speaks about them as Obama judges and different kinds of judges,” Stevens mentioned. “However I feel (Chief Justice) John Roberts was useless proper when he mentioned that there are just one type of judges they usually’re all working for the federal authorities.”
“I can say I don’t count on to vote for the Republican candidate for president on the subsequent election,” Stevens mentioned. “I do not know whether or not I am a member of the social gathering or I am not. I am not energetic politically.”
On two sitting justices
Stevens mentioned throughout the Brett Kavanaugh affirmation final 12 months there was “advantage” to criticism that the Trump’s nominee had demonstrated “potential bias.” He known as on senators to concentrate on the issue and prompt Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed.
In fact, after the contentious hearings had been via, the Senate voted to verify Kavanaugh, who has since settled into his place on the nation’s highest courtroom.
Stevens advised CNN that Kavanaugh was a “good choose” and had been doing job on the Supreme Courtroom up to now, however when requested if he regretted talking out, Stevens mentioned, “No, that is actually a completely separate difficulty.”
“Maybe I should not have mentioned what I did,” he continued. “However I feel his choices will decide how good a choose he’ll be.”
“And I feel she’s actually in higher well being than individuals usually assume, trigger she’s survived each most cancers and an identical episode some years in the past,” Stevens mentioned. “And he or she — apparently, she has a coach too.”