Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Turns Combative
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The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson turned combative, as the contender faced an increasingly pointed line of questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Graham began his line of questioning by asking Jackson: “What faith are you, by the way?”
Jackson said she’s a nondenominational protestant. Graham then asked if she could “fairly judge a Catholic.”
The Supreme Court hopeful said she wasn’t comfortable discussing her religious beliefs.
“How would you feel if a senator up here said of your faith ‘the dogma lives loudly within you and that’s of concern’?” Graham said, referencing what Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told Amy Coney Barrett when she was nominated to a federal appeals court in 2017.
“You’re reluctant to talk about it because it’s uncomfortable. Just imagine what would happen if people on late-night television called you a f’ing nut speaking in tongues because you practice the Catholic faith in a way they couldn’t relate to,” Graham said.
Graham also asked Jackson about her knowledge of the progressive advocacy groups that urged President Joe Biden against picking Graham’s preferred Supreme Court nominee, South Carolina District Judge J. Michelle Childs.
“Did you know there are a lot of people on the left who were trying to destroy Michelle Childs? Did you notice that?” he asked.
Jackson said “it is troublesome that people are or were doing things” that potentially damaged the reputation of other candidates.