Brett Kavanaugh's 'Temperament and Blatant Partisanship Are Disqualifying,' Says Former CIA Director

Former CIA Director John Brennan has hit out at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, claiming that the "temperament and blatant partisanship" he displayed were "disqualifying" to take a seat on the highest court in the land.

Following the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh delivered a ferocious denial of the allegations and claimed that they were a part of a Democratic quest for revenge.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election," Kavanaugh said in his opening remarks, with rage oozing from his face. "Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record. Revenge on behalf of the Clintons. and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups."

The focus surrounding the hearing had been on the conflicting stories of Kavanaugh and Ford, who said she was "100 percent" certain that the Supreme Court nominee held her down on a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes during a high school party in 1982. But Brennan said Saturday, that Kavanaugh's tone and attack on Democrats made him wholly unsuitable to hold one of nine seats on the supposedly non-partisan Supreme Court.

"Key takeaways this week: Dr. Ford is a national treasure; Sen. Jeff Flake is an admirable man with a conscience, while craven politician Lindsey Graham is not; Kavanaugh's temperament and blatant partisanship are disqualifying of a Supreme Court seat," Brennan wrote on Twitter.

A day after the gripping hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Kavanaugh's nomination and send it to a full vote on the Senate floor. However, in a moment of late drama, Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who just hours earlier had announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, said he would only approve him through the committee on the proviso that there be a week delay to the final vote in order that a supplementary FBI investigation could take place into the allegations.

Later on Friday, the request for a delay was granted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before President Donald Trump acquiesced by ordering a further FBI probe.

"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file," Trump said in a statement. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week."

Brennan has long been a fierce critic of Trump's and the feud between the two exploded in August when the president revoked the security clearance of the former Obama official.

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Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate's vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed a week for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. ANDREW HARNIK/AFP/Getty Images
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