McConnell Views Judge Jackson’s Answer as Evasive and Unclear

McConnell Views Judge Jackson's Answer as Evasive and Unclear

( – Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings got pretty heated this week. Conservatives demanded the judge explain her rulings on a number of cases, including one where she sentenced someone who possessed intimate photos of children to just three months in jail. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wasn’t impressed by the way the nominee answered that, and several other questions either.

On Wednesday, March 23, McConnell stood on the Senate floor and criticized the way Jackson responded to many of the questions senators asked, saying she was “evasive.” He said the judge refused to “address critically important questions,” including one about court-packing. That’s when lawmakers add more judges to federal benches to make it more partisan. McConnell said Jackson has repeatedly refused to reject court-packing.

The GOP Senate leader pointed out that the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer both spoke out against court-packing. Yet, Jackson refuses to follow in their footsteps, McConnell said.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was also critical of the judge during the confirmation hearings. The senator asked Jackson to define what a woman is, but the judge refused. She said she had to listen to the arguments of a case and look at the law before answering a basic scientific question. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Jackson she might be the only nominee in history who couldn’t define what a woman is.

The judge’s refusal to give a straight answer to Blackburn’s question demonstrated the evasiveness McConnell called out.

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