May 28, 2022

House Republicans ask Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate Ketanji Brown Jackson’s history of sentences for sex offenders

House Republicans have sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting that they investigate the Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s history of sentences for sex offenders against minors.

The letter was spearheaded by Colorado Rep. Ken Buck and was signed by 18 representatives of the House and sent to committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley, according to The Daily Caller.

The Republicans asked specifically that the committee investigate three child pornography cases from when Jackson was Vice-Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The three cases in question “for every child pornography case in which Judge Jackson has ruled and for which records are available, she deviated from federal sentencing guidelines in favor of the offenders.”

Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) mentioned the cases on Thursday and pushed Jackson about the cases during the first day of the Senate confirmation hearings Monday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki disputed the claims being made by the congressmen on Thursday, saying that Jackon’s sentences have been “consistent” with the sentence recommendations.

Psaki said Hawley “took a snippet of a transcript out of context” when Jackson was repeating a witness’ remarks.

“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,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said about Hawley’s accusations.

The Daily Caller attempted to contact both Durbin and Grassley’s office about the letter and only Grassley responded saying that Senate Republicans will investigate both Jackson’s decisions and statements:

“My colleagues in the House have every reason to be concerned about leniency provided to those involved in crimes against children. These are concerns I share and they’ll be the subject of very legitimate questions from all of us,” Grassley told the Daily Caller.

“In the next few days, we’ll use information from my office’s exhaustive review and investigation of every one of Judge Jackson’s decisions and statements on the matter to question her. It’s a shame that the White House and my Democratic colleagues continue to stonewall on records related to the judge’s tenure on the Sentencing Commission, which might shed some light on these preferences,” he added.

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