SCOTUS Nominee Refuses to Admit Whether She’d Oppose Court Packing

SCOTUS Nominee Refuses to Admit Whether She'd Oppose Court Packing

( – The whole point of a confirmation hearing is to give senators a chance to find out what a nominee thinks on important issues. Of course, it depends on the nominee giving proper answers to senators’ questions. It seems President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee either doesn’t understand that or doesn’t want to cooperate.

On March 22, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the second day of her confirmation hearing. During the session, committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked Jackson for her opinion on the controversial issue of court-packing – and didn’t get a straight answer.

Democrats are outraged that the Supreme Court currently has a conservative majority, and some of them are determined to gerrymander the court to swing its political balance their way. Others disagree, arguing that changing the number of justices to create a liberal court would create a precedent and spark an endless round of politically convenient changes. Even liberal justices – including the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, whose place Jackson wants to take when he retires this year – opposed it. Grassley asked Jackson if she shared Breyer’s opinion. However, she refused to answer, claiming she wanted to “stay in her lane.”

Jackson’s refusal to answer the question has Republicans worried. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he’d had “a very good conversation” with Jackson, but the court-packing question should have been easy for her to answer. McConnell is right; it should have been easy to answer. So why wouldn’t she answer it?

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