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 KavanaughCourt-packing becomes new litmus test on left Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch 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 TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE's nominee and one Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (W.Va.), voting in support of his confirmation.