May 25, 2022

McConnell voices concern over Supreme Court nominee

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said during a recent interview that he has yet to decide what his vote will be on Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

According to The New York Post, McConnell (R-Ky.) said that President Joe Biden’s nominee for the nation’s high court is troubling in her refusal to object to the court’s expansion.

The Republican leader met with Jackson in his office, asking about the potentially critical issue, asking her to reject the notion:

“She wouldn’t do that. So, in the meantime, the committee will ask her all the tough questions. I haven’t made a final decision as to how I’m going to vote,” McConnell said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“I’m going to listen to the evidence, I’m going to listen to the hearings, and by the way she’ll be treated much better than Democrats have typically treated Republican nominees like Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh,” he added. “It’ll be a respectful, deep dive into her record which I think is entirely appropriate for a lifetime appointment.”

McConnell pointed to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, the two most recent departures from the court, with Brayer’s absence pending the end of the term, and the fact that they were both liberal justice and both objected the court-packing as suggested by some Democrats.

“Typically, these Supreme Court nominees of both parties have never answered any of the questions. What they typically say is that ‘Something might come before me and I don’t want to prejudge how I might actually vote,'” the Kentucky lawmaker said.

McConnell isn’t the only Republican with big questions about Jackson. Since her nomination, some of the same senators who voted to confirm her previous position to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last June appear to be leaning away from lending their support.

Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham is one of those Republicans that previously backed Jackson and appears to be turning away from the nominee with his support:

“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,” he tweeted last month after her nomination was announced.

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