Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmation Hearing Day 2
We are now halfway through today’s questioning of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The second day of her confirmation hearings began at 9 a.m. ET, and Jackson defended her criminal record as she faced intense questioning from Republican senators.
Republicans attempted to portray the candidate as weak on crime by focusing on some of her past defense work and raised questions about her judicial philosophy as they cautioned against activism and prescribed political outcomes, from from the bench.
Jackson addressed and challenged these criticisms, emphasizing her concern for public safety and the rule of law, both as a judge and as an American. She argued that she approaches her work impartially and that personal opinions play no role.
When pressed by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Jackson dodged a question about her support for expanding the Supreme Court to include more than nine justices.
“It’s a political issue for Congress,” she said. “I’m particularly careful not to talk about political issues because I’m so determined to stay in my lane.”
Democrats have so far used the hearings to praise Brown — who would be the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court — as an exceptionally qualified and trailblazing candidate whose depth and breadth of experience, including as a federal public defender, would add a valuable and unique perspective to the bench.
Learn about key audience moments from today so far here.
GOP Sen. Ben Sasse is questioning Jackson right now, and here’s who will be questioning him next:
- Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal
- GOP Senator Josh Hawley
- Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono
- GOP Senator Tom Cotton
- Democratic Senator Cory Booker
- GOP Senator John Kennedy
- Democratic Senator Alex Padilla
- GOP Senator Thom Tillis
- Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff
- GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn
Senators may pose questions to the candidate for 30 minutes each, according to the schedule established by the committee. The interrogation should extend until late in the evening.
CNN’s Clare Foran contributed reporting for this post.