Joe Biden Just Announced Who He Nominated For SCOTUS

It is exactly two years to the day since Biden pledged to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court. That pledge came during a South Carolina primary debate.

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He had narrowed his search to three candidates: Jackson, 51, Childs, 55, and Kruger, 45.

To begin the process, Biden must make the formal offer to the nominee, which was expected to happen either Thursday night or Friday morning. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the Senate, promised to confirm justice lifetime as quickly as possible.

The conservative court’s tilt is not expected to change with his choice, but his focus on younger nominees ensures that his choice will have a lasting impact.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which normally issues opinions on Tuesday and Friday, issued its opinion on a Thursday, indicating Jackson could be Biden’s choice.

If the case came down after Jackson’s nomination, the panel would be divided and Jackson would probably have recused herself.

A CNN legal expert explained that the theory derives from a similar scenario that unfolded in 2006 when now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh was nominated.

‘Part of why this sets off alarm bells is because we saw a similar scene play out in July 2018 with then-D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh,’ Steve Vladeck, CNN’s Supreme Court analyst and an associate professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, said.

‘The D.C. Circuit handed down a 2-1 ruling on a Monday – a day on which it does not usually hand down decisions – in a case in which Kavanaugh was in the majority. Had the case come down after his nomination was announced a few hours later, he presumably would have recused, and the panel would have divided 1-1.’

‘It’s not hard to imagine that the same calculus explains why this 2-1 decision with Judge Jackson in the majority came out today – another day on which the court does not usually issue non-emergency rulings,’ he remarked.

Officials with the DC Circuit court told CNN that Thursday’s opinion was an uncontested ruling in an emergency matter and that the court has often released opinions in such matters in the past.

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According to CNN, the dispute involved a Connecticut power plant and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This month, the DC Circuit intervened in the FERC’s proposed order to block consumers from buying power from the plant.

Jackson and Circuit Judge Neomi Rao wrote Thursday’s court opinion, explaining why they issued the emergency order.

Another candidate, Leondra Kruger of the California Supreme Court, was spotted on Thursday in her native California.

As well, a car accompanied by state police left the South Carolina home of fellow finalist District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs. It’s not clear if Childs was inside the car due to the plastic bags covering the windows, CNN reported.

A trip to Louisiana that Kamala Harris was to take on Friday was also postponed, fueling speculation that an announcement was imminent.

According to Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, Biden would not hold off revealing his nominee past February, despite the crisis in Ukraine, which means that he would announce his choice no later than this Monday.

Jackson served nearly a decade on the federal district court for Washington, DC before being moved to the DC Circuit last year by Biden. She was also a clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer and has long been considered to be a front-runner for the position of his replacement.

Biden announced this week that he had appointed Clinton confidante and Kamal Harris-bestie Minyon Moore to help him select the first black woman on the Supreme Court.

But he didn’t mention that she’s a Black Lives Matter board member, promotes CRT, and supports the Defund the Police movement.

Moore has a long history of supporting Jesse Jackson in his 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns.

Moore’s history was soft-pedaled by the president when he announced his intention to form a board of advisors to advise him on selecting Moore for the Supreme Court and his confirmation.

Senator Ted Cruz also drew attention to Biden Sunday, as he ramped up his attacks against the president’s strategy for choosing a Supreme Court nominee, claiming that it’s illegal for anyone else to specify the race and gender of job applicants.

‘Democrats today believe in racial discrimination,’ Cruz said Sunday on Fox News.

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‘They’re committed to it as a political proposition. I think it is wrong to stand up and say, ‘We’re going to discriminate.’

‘If he happened to nominate a justice who was an African-American woman, great,’ he continued.

‘But you know what, if Fox News put a posting, we’re looking for a new host for Fox News Sunday and we will only hire an African American woman or a Hispanic man or a Native American woman, that would be illegal.’

The Republican Party’s top conservatives – including Mike Pence – have voiced concerns over Biden’s promise, saying he may be overlooking the most qualified candidate for the job.