By Eric DraitserCNN|November 29, 2018 06:09:38More than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court justices have called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed last week to the Supreme Court by a narrow margin.
“I think the Senate should have done its job and done it quickly, but it’s important for the American people to understand that Brett Kavanaugh is not a candidate for president,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
“If the Senate were to vote on his nomination tomorrow, he would become the most qualified and qualified person to serve on the Supreme Courts since Thomas and William Rehnquist,” he added, referring to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“He is a man of extraordinary intellect and understanding of our Constitution.
I hope he will serve us well for many years to come.”
Justice Clarence Thomas is joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, January 10, 2019.
Thomas, who will soon assume his seat on the high court, was nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003.
In a written statement on Tuesday, he called the nomination “deeply troubling,” and said he was “deepening our search for a successor to Justice Rehnqvist and the court’s future.”
“I have never met Brett Kavanaugh and have never spoken to him, but I know he has a deep and abiding respect for the Supreme Judicial Court, and he is a deeply respected and thoughtful person who will be well suited to the position,” he wrote.
In his op-Ed, Thomas said he hopes that the Senate will reject Kavanaugh and that he will get his job back on the bench, which will be filled by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The current seat on that court is vacant.