Lindsey Graham will vote AGAINST Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination
South Carolina Sen. announced Thursday he would oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, after accusing her of ‘judicial activism.’
Graham announced his position on the floor – where in the past he cast votes in favor of both of President ’s high court nominees.
‘I find Judge Jackson to be a person of exceptionally good character, respected by our peers and someone who has worked hard to achieve her current position,’ Graham said.
‘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 says,’ he said.
‘I will oppose her and I will vote no,’ said Graham, a former Judiciary Committee chairman.
He is one of three Senate Republicans who voted to confirm Jackson to the U.S.Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit less than a year ago.
Graham also got into heated exchanges with Jackson last week over her child porn sentencing and her past representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay during her Senate confirmation hearing.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Thursday he would oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, calling her a ‘favorite of the radical left’
His announcement comes a day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced she would vote for Judge Jackson.
The nomination is expected to clear the 50-50 chamber next week.
‘My decision is based upon her record of judicial activism, flawed sentencing methodology regarding child pornography cases and a belief Judge Jackson will not be deterred by the plain meaning of the law when it comes to a liberal cause
Teeing off on Jackson, Graham said: ‘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.’
Then, he added: ‘After a thorough review of Judge Jackson’s record and information gained at the hearing from an evasive witness, porno latin I now know why Judge Jackson was the favorite of the radical left.’
Graham criticized Jackson during last week’s confirmation hearings over sentencing in child porn cases she presided over, as several GOP lawmakers highlighted cases where she went below prosecutors’ recommendations.
Graham accused Jackson of ‘judicial activism’
Graham grilled her during her Senate confirmation hearings, and asked her about her religion
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is the lone Republican to announce her support for Jackson so far
‘All I can say is that your view on how to deter child pornography is not my view.I think you are doing it wrong, and every judge who does what you are doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited,’ he said.
Republicans accused Jackson of going easy on child porn defendants.
Democrats countered that her sentences matched recommendations either by prosecutors or by probation officers’ pre-sentencing reports.They also argued that most judges gave sentencing below sentencing guidelines in ‘nonproduction’ child porn cases involving receipt, possession or distribution.
Graham also indicated he wanted President Biden to nominate judge Michelle Childs, the favorite of fellow South Carolina lawmaker Rep.James C. Clyburn, the House Majority Whip.
Graham is a close ally and golf companion of Trump who also declared the end of the road in a defiant speech after Jan. 6th. ‘All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough,’ he said, although he quickly got back into the fold with Trump.
Graham was the only Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to back Justice Elena Kagan on a 13-6 vote in 2010.