A day after meeting with President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would study his “judicial philosophy” ahead of his confirmation process.
“I liked meeting Judge Jackson”, McConnell tweeted Thursday. “A crucial qualification of the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy. The nation needs judges who uphold the rule of law by applying our laws and our Constitution as written. I will study the judge’s record and opinions in the vigorous process ahead.”
Jackson, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, was nominated by Biden on Friday to replace outgoing judge Stephen Breyer when he steps down this year after the current term. In a statement Wednesday, McConnell said Jackson issued two notices during his nine months on the DC Circuit and one of his district court rulings was unanimously overturned by a three-judge panel.
MCCONNELL: ‘NO QUESTION’ KETANJI BROWN JACKSON QUALIFIED FOR SUPREME COURT
I liked meeting Judge Jackson. A crucial qualification of the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy. The nation needs judges who uphold the rule of law by applying our laws and our Constitution as written. I will review the case and the judge’s views during the vigorous process ahead.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 3, 2022
“I think she’s smart, most likely progressive. [The] The Republican minority in the Senate intends to treat the candidate with respect. I’m not at all interested, for example, in what someone wrote in their high school yearbook.” McConnell said Town hall editor Guy Benson on Fox News Radio Guy Benson Show.
But the Republican Senate leader also called Jackson “the pick of far-left black money groups” who support adding seats to the Supreme Court and question the court’s legitimacy.
According to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire, 10 of Jackson’s 578 rulings as a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia have been overturned by the DC Circuit, in whole or in part.
“One of my concerns is that a lot of those cases were about Trump’s regulations, and we’ve seen her roll back a lot of those regulations, or at least try to, in cases where she didn’t really have judicial authority to do so. and then had to be overruled by the DC circuit,” Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, said on Washington watch with Tony Perkins.
One of the rulings involved a challenge filed in 2018 by federal employee unions against a trio of executive orders issued by former President Donald Trump regarding collective bargaining rights. Jackson ruled in favor of the unions, saying the court was able to hear their claims and that most provisions of the executive orders conflicted with federal workers’ collective bargaining rights under federal labor law.
A unanimous DC Circuit panel overturned Jackson’s decision, ruling that the unions should pursue their demands through administrative processes.
“It really tells me, ‘I fear this is someone making political decisions that go beyond their judicial role,'” Severino said.
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While Jackson does not need Republican support to be confirmed as the first black woman on the Supreme Court, while Democrats hold 50 seats and the deciding vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate President Dick Durbin has called for his confirmation process to be bipartisan.
His confirmation hearings are expected to begin in about three weeks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his goal was to have it confirmed by mid-April.