After Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for greater scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s judicial record, particularly in terms of sentences she handed down to child pornography offenders, leftist pundit Elie Mystal leveled the incendiary accusation that the lawmaker was essentially trying to orchestrate the jurist’s death, as the Daily Caller reports.
“What Josh Hawley is doing, let’s be very clear, what Josh Hawley is doing, when he tries to do this, is he’s trying to get her killed,” Mystal declared during an appearance on MSNBC. “He is trying to get violence done against a Supreme Court nominee,” he added.
“And we know this because when these people go off, making their ridiculous claims about child pornography, we know that some of their people show up violently to do stuff…” Mystal continued.
The firestorm began when Hawley took to Twitter last week to comment on several seemingly lenient sentences issued by Jackson in child exploitation cases over which she has presided throughout her career, as The Hill reported.
“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land. Protecting the vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial,” Hawley wrote.
The following day, Hawley expanded on his concerns, saying, “She’s had 10 that I’ve seen that we’ve found and I haven’t found a single case where she’s sentenced – for child porn offenders – where she’s sentenced with the guidelines. Always below, and almost always below the government’s recommendations – in some cases dramatically below.”
Hawley is not alone in his belief that Jackson needs to address concerns about this area of her judicial philosophy during confirmation hearings set to begin Monday, as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee opined on Saturday, “Judge Jackson’s history of sentencing below guidelines, particularly in cases involving child exploitation, raises legitimate questions about her views on penalties for these crimes.”
Grassley continued, saying, “This is exactly why I asked for her Sentencing Commission records – the same types of records the committee traditionally reviews when vetting a Supreme Court nominee, but lamented resistance encountered from Democrats and added, “[u]nfortunately, somebody somewhere doesn’t want us to see that information.”
The bottom line is that the American people deserve an explanation from Jackson herself of the sentencing rationale she used in the cases cited by Hawley before she can rightly be given a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. But to hyperbolic radical leftists such as Mystal, a demand for basic transparency from those to whom great powers are delegated is apparently akin to ordering their execution.