Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown spoke on Tuesday during his first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee about “dark money”, Guantanamo Bay, convictions, and critical racism.
Republicans have established a dual-track anti-strategy. Some used their time to criticize Democrats without being directly involved with Jackson’s record. Others traumatized the judge by questioning his record of sentencing in child pornography cases.
Each of the committee’s 22 lawmakers is assigned 30 minutes to question the judge, creating a marathon session that will run through the evening and resume Wednesday morning. This is by far the punchiest exchange.
Grassley presses KBJ on the White House and ‘Dark Money’
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), the committee’s ranking Republican, was able to dismiss Jackson as the long-running debate in Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D., R.I.) Supreme Court that big business is in the pocket.
The White House has pushed for years the view that conservative majorities in the courts work with duty in the Republican interest because they were created by conservative legal entities that are bankrolled by “dark money” rights.
“I have no reason to believe that this is the case. I have the highest respect for members of the Supreme Court,” Jackson said.
KBJ court dodges questions about packing
Grassley pressured Jackson to pack up the Supreme Court in leftist propaganda. Those efforts stalled after President Joe Biden’s Court Reform Commission refused to support the move. During his 2020 confirmation hearing, Jackson avoided mentioning Justice Amy Connie’s refusal to be involved in Barrett’s case.
Graham Bush defends the detention system
Jackson advocated for Guantanamo Bay detainees as a federal public defender and later as a lawyer in private practice.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R.C.) did not blame the judge for that, but she strongly defended the Bush-era detention system and had a heated exchange with committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) Not as much as claimed.
Cruz asks KBJ about the 1619 project
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) grills Jackson with his quotes New York Times Author Nicole Hanna-Jones, 1619 The main force behind the project. The 1619 project aims to show, among other things, that the protection of slavery was a major factor in the American Revolution. Cruz asked the judge about his services to a school board that recommended the book, along with critical race theorist Abram X Candy. Antiracyst Baby.
“I don’t believe any child should be considered racist, or oppressive, or victimized,” Jackson replied, adding that his services to the school board did not include curriculum content.
Hawley asks KBJ why he apologized to a pedophile
Sen. Josh Howley (R., Md.) Pressured Jackson to explain why he once apologized to a sex offender during a sentencing. Howley quotes Jackson as saying, “I feel terrible about the parallel consequences of this suffix,” adding that “sex offenders are truly shunned in our society.” When Hawley asked “Is he a victim, what is your point of view here?” “I don’t have the whole record in front of me,” Jackson said insultingly.
The Washington Free Beacon This story will update if the hearing continues.
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