U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Vote Against Kentanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Nomination

United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on March 24 that he will  not vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“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 cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our highest Court,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

McConnell cited Jackson’s refusal to opine on  adding seats to the Supreme Court and her record on serving both the federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as his reasons for opposing the nomination.

“The most radical pro-court-packing fringe groups badly wanted this nominee for this vacancy. Judge Jackson was the court-packers’ pick. And she testified like it,” McConnell said.

McConnell described Jackson’s trial court records as “troubling” because she “regularly gave certain terrible kinds of criminals light sentences that were beneath the sentencing guidelines and beneath the prosecutors’ requests.”

The Kentucky Republican noted that Jackson “used the phrase ‘policy disagreement'” during the hearings.

McConnell’s announcement came less than 24 hours after Jackson completed two days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Jackson’s nomination on April 4, then the full Senate will likely vote later that month.

McConnell’s decision not to vote for Jackson can prompt other Republicans to follow suit. 

However, even without Republican support, Jackson can still win approval from the Senate if all 50 Democratic senators back her, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

If approved, Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve as Supreme Court Justice.

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