Holder: Supreme Court's legitimacy can be questioned after Kavanaugh confirmation

Holder: Supreme Court's legitimacy can be questioned after Kavanaugh confirmation
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderNew Jersey redistricting reform blasted as gerrymandering power grab Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' MORE said over the weekend that the Supreme Court's legitimacy can be "justifiably" questioned, citing Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as a justice. 

"With the confirmation of Kavanaugh and the process which led to it, (and the treatment of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandSupreme Court not for life? Beware perils to its independence Mellman: Enemies of democracy Debate over term limits for Supreme Court gains new life MORE), the legitimacy of the Supreme Court can justifiably be questioned," Holder tweeted on Saturday, referencing former President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, who was blocked by Republican senators. 

"The Court must now prove - through its work - that it is worthy of the nation’s trust," Holder added. 

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The strong criticism from Holder, who served in Obama's administration from 2009 to 2015, came only moments after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote. 

The vote concluded what was a contentious confirmation process in which Kavanaugh faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month regarding Ford's claims that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. 

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusation. He's also pushed back against sexual misconduct claims from two other women, Julie Swetnick and Deborah Ramirez. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached MORE (R-Ky.) hailed the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, saying that it sent a clear message. 

"This is an institution where the evidence and the facts matter. ... This is a chamber in which the politics of intimidation and personal destruction do not win the day," he said. 

On the other hand, many Democrats have decried the outcome.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men MORE (D-Calif.), for example, said on Sunday that Kavanaugh's confirmation was a "denial of justice for the women of this country and sexual assault survivors, men and women."