McConnell to Meet Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court:

“Last week, President Biden announced his choice to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson was confirmed less than a year ago to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Now every Senator must carefully evaluate Judge Jackson’s record, legal views, and judicial philosophy.

“The nominee, the Senate, the Court, and the American people all deserve a process that is free of the embarrassing antics that have become the Democratic Party’s routine whenever a Republican president nominates a new Justice. The baseless smears. The shameless distortions.

“The country deserves a process that is painstaking, rigorous, and befitting the seriousness of a lifetime appointment to our highest Court.

“I don’t care what Judge Jackson’s friends wrote in her high school yearbook.

“I care that American families are facing major crises that bear directly on federal courts and our legal system — from surging violent crime and systematically weak prosecutors, to open borders, to campaigns to shrink religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

“What’s more, one of our two major political sides increasingly makes noise about attacking the very legitimacy and structure of our Supreme Court itself.

“The country needs a serious and sober examination of all of it.

“I look forward to discussing these issues and many others with Judge Jackson when I meet with her tomorrow morning.

“It has been less than one year since Judge Jackson was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit. Since then, I understand she has authored only two opinions, both in the last several weeks.

“I am troubled by the combination of this slim appellate record and the intensity of Judge Jackson’s far-left dark-money fan club.

“Throughout the jockeying that preceded President Biden’s announcement, and indeed dating back to her prior confirmation last year, Judge Jackson has attracted loyal and intense support from some of the very same dark-money far-left activists who have declared war on the institution of the Court itself.

“One has to wonder why these left-wing organizations worked so hard to boost Judge Jackson for this potential promotion.

“I am sincerely looking forward to meeting Judge Jackson, to a thorough conversation tomorrow morning, and to the vigorous Senate process that lies ahead.”


Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Supreme Court, Nominations