Jackson Follows Make-No-Errors Path Blazed by Court Predecessors
Jackson, 51, will spend three days testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, playing her role in what President
Jackson has successfully navigated the process before. Last year she won confirmation to be a federal appeals court judge in Washington and in 2013 she was approved to be a district judge. But the stakes have grown, and Republicans, many still rankled by contentious hearings for former President
Her supporters say they expect Jackson to show a mastery of the law that will carry symbolic importance and
“It’s important for the nation to witness this incredible display of excellence from this candidate who emerged from many other exceptional and highly qualified Black women,” said
With Democrats solidly behind her nomination, Jackson has the votes she needs to win approval in the 50-50 Senate, where Vice President
Republicans have all but conceded she will get confirmed, signaling they will focus on laying groundwork for the November election, in part by questioning Biden’s commitment to law and order. GOP senators say they will probe Jackson about her work as a public defender and her representation of alleged terrorists held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Democrats are vowing to defend Jackson from such attacks. They want to help highlight her strongest attributes, including the new perspectives she would bring to the Supreme Court.
“In trial terms, she is my client and she is my witness,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman
Supreme Court nominees have chosen their words carefully since
During her 1993 confirmation hearing,
“Senator, I completely understand why you are asking the question,” she said when Senator
Jackson has her own track record of being circumspect. When the Senate considered her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last year, she said in a written response to questions that “I do not have a judicial philosophy per se.”
She said that, as a sitting judge, she had “a duty to avoid commenting on, or providing personal views of, disputed legal matters such as the most appropriate method of interpreting the Constitution.”
“I think it is very fair game to try to pin her down on that,” Malcolm said. “And if she is evasive, you can either come to the conclusion that she’s not telling the truth, or she hasn’t been thoughtful enough as a judge.”
Supreme Court hearings at times have gotten so nasty they are remembered more for their fiery exchanges than any substantive discussion of constitutional law. In his 2018 hearing,
“There aren’t reporters or cameras in those rooms, but all reports you hear in Washington are that they’ve gone very well,” Nunziata said.
Jackson, who also won Senate confirmation for her seat on the Sentencing Commission, will benefit from her experience with the process, said said
“She’s someone who is so eminently qualified and widely respected, it’s really hard to imagine how people don’t support her as the nominee,” Goss Graves said. “And so from that perspective, I feel like she’s going into this hearing with a lot of wind at her back.”
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