On Monday, March 21, hearings begin that could confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
After four days of hearings beginning Monday, Jackson is expected to be confirmed quickly with only the support of the 50 members of the Democratic caucus, as Vice Chairwoman Kamala Harris would be the deciding factor in the event of a tie.
These results would usher in President Biden’s historic first nomination to the Supreme Court, fulfilling a campaign promise to seat a black woman there.
Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina had endorsed Jackson for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in June last year, but are not expected to repeat their support, according to The Guardian.
Senator Graham, the most Democrat-friendly senator, who was sponsoring Supreme Court nominee J. Michelle Childs, expressed his displeasure at Biden for running too far to the left with his choice.
Graham wrote on Twitter, “If media reports are accurate and Judge Jackson has been chosen as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Breyer, it means the radical left has won President Biden over yet again. The attacks by the Left on Judge Childs from South Carolina apparently worked.”
While GOP votes are not necessary for Jackson’s confirmation, the judge is likely to face questions during the hearings on controversial issues such as child pornography sentencing and her representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
As reported by Fox News, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley criticized the judge on “Hannity” for her ‘light’ rulings in cases involving pedophile offenders.
“The problem is I haven’t been able to find a single case where she has had a child porn offender, a pedophile in front of her, where she hasn’t given him the most lenient sentence she possibly could,” the senator said.
However, the White House denies the allegations and suggests they are conspiracy theories, defending the record of the judge nominated by Biden and assuring that her nomination was “endorsed by leading law enforcement organizations, conservative judges, and survivors of crime,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Fox.
“This is toxic and weakly-presented misinformation that relies on taking cherry-picked elements of her record out of context – and it buckles under the lightest scrutiny,” he said.
The liberal justice, shortly to be confirmed, will replace liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement after nearly three decades on the Court, on Jan. 27, 2022.
With Jackson’s confirmation, the ideological line of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court will not change, as she will replace another liberal judge, leaving the same 6-3 composition.