Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, according to a new report. It’s an unfortunate, but predictable maneuver from a known RINO Senator.
After holding a 2nd individual meeting with Jackson on Tuesday afternoon, Collins informed the New York Times she had determined to support President Biden’s candidate, stating that Jackson had relieved a few of her issues that arose throughout recently’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Collins, who usually stays a swing ballot on Supreme Court candidates, claimed she really felt guaranteed that Jackson would not be “bending the legislation to fulfill a personal choice,” according to the record.
“In recent years, senators on both sides of the aisle have gotten away from what I perceive to be the appropriate process for evaluating judicial nominees,” Collins told the New York Times. “In my view, the role under the Constitution assigned to the Senate is to look at the credentials, experience and qualifications of the nominee. It is not to assess whether a nominee reflects the individual ideology of a senator or would vote exactly as an individual senator would want.”
Collins, who was just one of just three Republicans to elect for Jackson’s confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in June, is the initial GOP senator to back the court’s Supreme Court confirmation.
During an hour-long conference on Tuesday, Jackson informed Collins she “would forever stay out of” the problem of court-packing after the court decreased to share a viewpoint about whether added seats ought to be included in the nine-seat Supreme Court during her verification hearings last week. The rejection to respond to questions regarding increasing the court worried numerous Republicans.
Several Republican senators, consisting of Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, likewise examined Jackson on her sentencing record from her time as a federal district court judge, keeping in mind a number of child-pornography instances where she imposed much shorter sentences than the federal guidelines suggested. Hawley said Jackson’s document “endangers our children.”
Collins told the New York Times there “can be no question that she is qualified to be a Supreme Court justice,” noting her “breadth of experience as a law clerk, attorney in private practice, federal public defender, member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and district court judge for more than eight years.”
The Maine Republican expressed concern that the nomination process had actually become too partisan.
“I don’t expect that any of the justices I am going to agree with on every decision — that’s impossible,” she said. “But I do want them to be able to be devoid of prejudgement, partisanship, preference and to be impartial and rule consistent with legal precedent, the language of the law and the Constitution.”
Collin’s assistance delivers a win to Democrats who hoped they would not need to compel Jackson’s confirmation without any type of Republican assistance.
Senator Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) stated previously this week that he “sincerely” really hopes Democrats will certainly have Republican assistance for the election and also stated he had been “quietly” connecting to Republican legislators, according to the report.
“There are those within the Republican Party, I know from speaking to them, who understand the history, the significance of this nomination and want to make sure that Mr. Lincoln’s party, the Grand Old Party, is on board,” he said.
Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are also seen as two Republicans that might appear on behalf of Jackson. Murkowski supported Jackson’s nomination to the appeals court, while Romney did not.