Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said the heated confirmation process for his successor on the court showed that the process for nominating judges worked.

Kennedy's comments in an interview with Bloomberg News earlier this month follow Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court sides with Native American hunter as Gorsuch joins liberals Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash ACLU, Women's March to hold nationwide protests over abortion bans MORE's contentious confirmation in the Senate, which was endangered by allegations of sexual assault from three women, which he has strongly denied. 


"The public will see that the system works," Kennedy said, adding he was "happy" with Kavanaugh as his replacement on the court.

"We're the only branch of the government that gives reasons for what we do," he added. "And this is to compel allegiance to our decision. But it seems to me that the public will very soon see that the court is operating in a collegial, deliberative, thoughtful and inspiring way."

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court on a narrow vote, with one GOP senator voting against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's nominee and one Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinLabor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners Labor leader: Trump has stopped erosion of coal jobs Overnight Energy: States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules | Greens seek hearing over proposed rule on energy efficiency tests | Top Dem asks GAO to investigate climate threat MORE (W.Va.), voting in support of his confirmation.