According to the Democrat Senate judiciary committee chair, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley is wrong in his attack on Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Biden’s nominee to the high court.
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Senator Dick Durbin said Hawley is “part of the fringe within the Republican party … a man who was fist-bumping the murderous mob that descended on the Capitol on 6 January of the last year.
“He doesn’t have the credibility he thinks he does.”
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Of course, Durbin was part of the disgusting attacks on Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing so he has no room to speak.
Jackson will become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court if confirmed. Democrat Kamala Harris’s vote as vice president will install her if Democrats hold their 50 votes.
Republicans have previously backed Jackson, and some have indicated that they may again do so. A confirmation of Jackson will not alter the balance of a court that conservatives dominate by 6-3 as she replaces Stephen Breyer, another liberal “retiring” from the court. Bryer was most likely pressured to step aside so Dems could get a younger justice on the SCOTUS while they have control of the presidency and Senate.
Nevertheless, Hawley, along with Ted Cruz, who represents Texas, and Tom Cotton, who represents Arkansas, is one of several members of the judiciary committee who harbor presidential ambitions. Those senators are most likely just trying to win supporters by asking tough questions of the nominee which is normal in politics.
This week, in tweets echoed by the Republican National Committee, Hawley brought up disturbing aspects of Jackson’s rulings.
“I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children,” Hawley stated.
The Democrat-run White House, eager to cover up Jackson’s negatives, said the Hawley was pushing “toxic and weakly presented misinformation”.
Ketanji Brown Jackson defends her record of letting child porn offenders off the hook, saying that federal guidelines for such offenders are outdated pic.twitter.com/kyXkxEKtnO
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 22, 2022
As a member of the US Sentencing Commission, Jackson was responsible for reducing disparities among federal prison sentences. Doug Berman, a law professor at Ohio State, has stated that her record indicates she is skeptical of the recommended ranges of sentences in child abuse pictures cases discussed by Hawley.
“But so too were prosecutors in the majority of her cases and so too are district judges nationwide,” Berman noted.
Democrat Durbin, angrily spinning for his side, told ABC’s This Week: “As far as Senator Hawley is concerned, here’s the bottom line – he’s wrong. He’s inaccurate and unfair in his analysis.
“Judge Jackson has been scrutinized more than any person I can think of. This is her fourth time before the Senate judiciary committee. In three previous times, she came through with flying colors and bipartisan support, the last time just last year.
“And now Senator Hawley is making these charges that came out of nowhere. The independent fact-checkers … have discredited his claims already. They should have. There’s no truth to what he says.
“And he’s part of the fringe within the Republican party. This was a man who was fist-bumping the murderous mob that descended on the Capitol on 6 January of last year. He doesn’t have the credibility he thinks he does.”
One piece of misinformation I hope we don’t hear from Dems today: the claim Judge Jackson followed “probation” guidelines in sentencing child porn offenders. There are no probation guidelines. Probation advice is private. Not uniform. Not available to public.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 22, 2022
The leftist publication Politico demanded this week that Hawley stop using for fundraising purposes his famous raised-fist salute to protesters before the attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol. In an indication that he wouldn’t stop using the image, Hawley told them to shove it.
During a segment on ABC, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, was asked if Hawley was guilty of “character assassination” based on his attacks on Jackson.
“The whole process is going to be fair, respectful, and thorough,” Barrasso added, noting that Jackson is “clearly, very intelligent”.
Barrasso continued: “Going through the record, there are some concerns that people have about her being perceived as soft on crime. That’s all going to come out with the hearings but they’re going to be respectful, they’re going to be thorough and they’re going to be fair.”
Barrasso, responding to a question whether Hawley was being fair: “Well, he’s going to have his opportunity to question the judge as will all the members of the committee.
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“The last time we had a hearing with [Brett] Kavanaugh, he was accused of being a serial rapist with no evidence whatsoever. So, I think we’re going to have a fair process and a respectful process, unlike what the Democrats did to Justice Kavanaugh.”
During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual assault detailed by an alleged victim. He is one of three justices installed by Republicans under President Donald Trump. Amy Coney Barrett, the third nominee, was confirmed shortly before the 2020 election, following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Mitch McConnell, chairman of the Republican Senate minority, said on CBS’s Face the Nation that Jackson and he “had a very good conversation”. He said he asked her to “defend the court” from Democrats who claim that it should be expanded beyond nine justices to remedy its political unevenness.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Breyer both publicly opposed court packing,” McConnell stated, “that is trying to increase the number of members in order to get an outcome you like. That would have been an easy thing for [Jackson] to do, to defend the integrity of the court. She wouldn’t do that.”