President Biden is nominating Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making good on a campaign promise to pick the first Black woman for the nation’s highest court, sources tell Fox News.
Brown Jackson, 51, is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Biden will make the announcement on Friday, marking the first Supreme Court pick of his presidency after Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, announced his retirement last month.
Brown Jackson has faced heightened scrutiny over a judicial record that includes high-profile rulings later overruled by higher courts.
Brown Jackson’s record was a focal point last year during her confirmation for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she now sits.
The judge was said to be one of three candidates who was interviewed personally by Biden.
The Supreme Court is now dominated 6-3 by conservatives after former President Donald Trump named three nominees.
Democrats have applauded Biden’s commitment to nominate a Black woman to the nation’s highest court, though some Republicans have raised objections.
Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, previously told “Fox News Sunday” that Biden’s promise amounted to racial discrimination.
“What the president said is that only African American women are eligible for this slot, that 94% of Americans are ineligible,” Cruz said. “The way Biden ought to do it is to say ‘I’m going to look for the best justice,’ interview a lot of people, and if he happens to nominate a justice who was an African American woman, then great.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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