Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced today from the Senate floor his decision on whether or not to support President Joe Biden’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Lindsey said: “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, and I will vote no.
“This morning I’m going to announce my decision on Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I will oppose her and I will vote against the nomination of Judge Jackson to the Supreme 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.
“However, her record is overwhelming in its lack of a steady judicial philosophy and a tendency to achieve outcomes in spite of what the law requires or common sense would dictate.
“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.
Mitch McConnell also said he will vote no.
“The judiciary committee has completed its hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I enjoyed meeting the nominee. I went into the senate’s process with an open mind.
“But after studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I can not and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. First, Judge Jackson refuses to reject the fringe position that Democrats should try to pack the Supreme Court.
“Justice Ginsberg and Justice Breyer had no problem denouncing this unpopular view and defending their institution. I assumed this would be an easy softball for Judge Jackson, but it wasn’t.
“The nominee suggested there are two legitimate sides to the issue.
“She testified she has a view on the matter, but would not share it.
“She inaccurately compared her non-answer to a different, narrower question that a prior nominee was asked, but Judge Jackson actually tipped her hand.
“She said she would, ‘be thrilled to be one of however many,’ however many, the opposite of Ginsburg and Breyer’s sentiment.
“The most radical court-packing fringe groups badly wanted this nominee for this vacancy.
“Judge Jackson was the court-packers’ pick and she testified like it.”
Mitch also warned that Jackson would engage in “judicial activism.”
“It’s a recipe for courts to wander into policy making and prevent healthy Democratic compromise.
“This is the misunderstanding of the separation of powers that I’ve spent my entire career fighting against.
“I will vote against this nominee,” he said.
.@LindseyGrahamSC: "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, and I will vote no." pic.twitter.com/PrETkUHgMp— The Hill (@thehill) March 31, 2022