U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Senator Lindsey Graham, not pictured, on March 15, 2022, in Graham’s office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he has not yet decided how he will vote in Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate hearing for her Supreme Court nomination.
Jackson, the first black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
“The committee will ask her all the tough questions. I haven’t made a final decision on how I’m going to vote,” McConnell said on CBS’s “Face the nation“It will be a respectful deep dive into her record, which I think is very appropriate for a lifetime tenure.”
It’s not entirely clear how tough Republicans will be in their questioning against the judge, but it seems some lawmakers have stepped up their criticism of Jackson.
Last week, McConnell reportedly said he was concerned that Jackson’s experience as a public defender could lead her to favor criminal suspects.
sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said last week that he did a review of Jackson’s file and noticed “an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those who prey on children.” Independent fact-checkers later debunked Hawley’s claims.
sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday denounced Hawley’s attacks on Jackson, saying on ABC’s “This weekHis analysis of the Supreme Court nominee was “inaccurate and unfair.”
“He’s part of a margin within the Republican Party,” Durbin said. “He doesn’t have the credibility he thinks he has.”
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