Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Thursday that he will vote against confirming Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, citing her record of “judicial activism” and questions about her sentencing of child sex predators below the recommendations of prosecutors.
Graham (R-SC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during remarks on the chamber floor that he would not vote for Jackson to become the first black woman on the nation’s highest court.
“My decision is based upon her record of judicial activism, flawed sentencing methodology regarding child pornography cases, and a belief that Judge Jackson will not be deterred by the plain meaning of the law when it comes to liberal causes,” Graham said.
The reference was to Jackson’s record during her nine years as a federal judge, an issue that Graham and other Republican senators grilled her about during last week’s confirmation hearings.
Graham noted that he found Jackson, whom he voted to confirm to the DC appeals court last year, to be of “exceptionally good character” and “respected by her peers” but couldn’t support her elevation to the high court, saying “this is a bridge too far.”
“After a thorough review of Judge Jackson’s record and information gained at the hearing from an evasive witness, I now know why Judge Jackson was the favorite of the ’Radical Left,’” he said.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is the only Republican so far to come out in support of Jackson. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the other Republican who voted to confirm Jackson to the appeals court, has yet to say how she will vote.
The “no” vote on Jackson would be the first time Graham voted against a Supreme Court nominee. He previously voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who were nominated by President Barack Obama, as well as Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito (nominated by President George W. Bush) and Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett (nominated by President Donald Trump).
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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