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 KavanaughCollins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools How Citizens United altered America's political landscape 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 TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE's nominee and one Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (W.Va.), voting in support of his confirmation.