Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tripped up an ABC News reporter on Monday as the reporter was echoing what Hawley called “White House talking points” and could not give vital case information to back up her claims.
ABC’s Rachel Scott pressed Hawley on why he has allegedly voted for judges in the past who are soft on child sex predators but is pushing back on the swift confirmation of President Joe Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“But how is it acceptable for a lower court, if it’s not acceptable for a higher court?” Scott asked Hawley.
“I’m not sure which judges you’re referring to, if there are judges who are soft on child porn offenders, in a systematic kind of pattern,” the Republican senator responded, adding, “But again, I’ve only voted for one Supreme Court justice.”
Scott insisted she looked through Hawley’s record, which she said “shows you have voted for at least three federal judges who have imposed lighter sanctions on child porn offenders. So, how do you square that?”
“Same answer: not for this court,” Hawley answered. “And, I think this pattern is going to be a problem wherever I’m aware of it.”
“I know that’s the White House talking point, but I think it’s a dangerous one,” the senator continued. “You gotta be careful with that. It’s the old, ‘Well, everyone else is jumping off a cliff, so I will, too.’”
Scott asked Hawley if he regretted his past votes, to which the senator pushed back asking for the judges’ names and cases when they were allegedly soft on child porn offenders. “Well, I’m not sure which judges you’re talking about; I have not seen the White House’s talking points on this. But this is their new line,” the Republican told Scott.
“It’s public information, we actually have it, here,” Scott told Hawley, naming Judge Joseph F. Bianco, who was appointed as a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit by then-President Donald Trump.
“And what were the cases?” Hawley asked Scott numerous times. “You voted for them, shouldn’t you be familiar with their record, as well?” Scott responded.
“But what were the cases?” Hawley asked again.
When Scott couldn’t answer, the senator chuckled and said, “You don’t know their record.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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