Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Politics

Collins calls Supreme Court pick Jackson ‘impressive’ after meeting, but remains undecided

Sen. Susan Colllins, R-Maine, had “a lengthy and very productive” meeting with President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday, almost two weeks before Jackson’s confirmation hearing is set to begin.

Collins, a moderate Republican, voted in favor of both of former President Barack Obama’s picks, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. She told reporters that she would wait until after this month’s confirmation hearing to make a decision, but she said her conversation with Jackson was “very helpful” as they discussed Jackson’s approach to the law.

BIDEN SUPREME COURT NOMINEE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON COULD FACE SCRUTINY FOR OVERTURNED DECISIONS

“I thought it went well,” Collins said. “It’s clear that her credentials and the breadth of her experience are impressive.”

Collins also noted that as a current Circuit Court judge and former District Court judge, Jackson has been confirmed multiple times already and is “not a blank slate to us.” She also said she is confident that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will lead a “thorough and fair” confirmation process.

As a Republican, albeit a moderate, Collins recognized that she and Jackson have their differences.

“Well, obviously I don’t agree with her on every decision that she has rendered,” Collins said. Still, she noted that her impression of Jackson is that “she takes a very thorough careful approach in applying the law to the facts of the case, and that is what I want to see in a judge.”

DURBIN SAYS ‘YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED’ BY REPUBLICANS WHO MAY VOTE FOR BIDEN SUPREME COURT NOMINEE JACKSON

Jackson is the first Black woman to be nominated to the high court, fulfilling a promise Biden made during his campaign. While Republicans accused the president of being discriminatory with his criteria, they have said they would evaluate Jackson based on her record and judicial philosophy.

Jackson’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take place from March 21 through March 24. It will include statements from the committee members, testimony from Jackson as she faces questions from the committee, and outside testimony about her, including from the American Bar Association, which traditionally rates federal judicial nominees.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Europe

Having settled in Brussels after three decades reporting about the broader Middle East, Hugh Pope is preparing for publication “The Keys to Democracy,” a...

Politics

Biden plans to observe a joint airspace control center where members of the US and South Korean militaries work alongside each other to monitor...

Politics

Gen. Mark Milley told cadets graduating from U.S. Military Academy West Point Saturday to be prepared for increasing risk of global conflict and a...

Politics

But what is actually happening? How is this different from the way things were handled in the past? And what could happen next? Here’s...

Politics

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Friday that undated ballots should be counted in a November 2021 election for a...

Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is accusing Google of censoring his campaign emails, stating that his campaign is in “Google purgatory.” Rubio tweeted on Saturday...

Politics

Cassidy Hutchinson was subpoenaed to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday. It was her third session answering the panel’s questions. The source...

Politics

Perhaps more surprisingly as we head into the heart of the primary season, the same is true when it comes to gender. Even after...