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Mitch McConnell Pushed Through 2 SCOTUS Nominees for Trump But Says He’s ‘Undecided’ About Ketanji Brown Jackson

Mitch McConnell Pushed Through 2 SCOTUS Nominees for Trump But Says He’s ‘Undecided’ About Ketanji Brown Jackson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he hasn’t decided which way he’s going to vote on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate hearing for the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the top court, is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first of four days of hearings. Last week, McConnell reportedly said he was concerned Jackson’s experience as a public defender could lead her to favor criminal defendants.

Judge Jackson, 51, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and has served on the prestigious court since last year, when she won Senate confirmation. She would succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, for whom she once clerked. Her confirmation would replace one liberal justice with another, locking in the top U.S. court’s 6-3 conservative majority.

Republicans are walking a fine line with their usual obstruction as being seen by some as racist, considering Donald Trump’s second pick, Amy Coney Barrett, was also a woman and was confirmed just eight days before the 2020 election. Brett Kavanaugh was also confirmed quickly despite compelling testimony from his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said last week he conducted a review of Jackson’s record and “noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.” Independent fact-checkers later debunked Hawley’s claims.

While most Republicans have cast Judge Jackson as too liberal, no Democrats so far have indicated they will vote against President Joe Biden’s choice for the top court. Despite support from some prominent members of the GOP, McConnell is clearly playing his usual political games for the sake of being obstructive.

Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearings begin on Monday at 11 AM Eastern time, 8 AM Pacific time.

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