Levin blasts ‘Napoleon’ Dick Durbin for treatment of Republicans in Supreme Court hearing


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Mark Levin pointed to the conduct of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin as he presided over the interrogation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, saying he intentionally branded the Republican investigations as “conspiracy theories” to cover up the ” radicalism” of the candidate for the Supreme Court.

Levin called the Illinois Democrat a 21st century version of Napoleon Bonaparte who wanted incongruous control over interrogations.

On “The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One,” Levin said Durbin’s fight with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, over child pornography convict conviction reports was eye-opening, in that there had to be have damning revelations regarding Jackson’s jurisprudence.


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listens as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
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“It covers 48,000 pages of sentencing commission documents, because there are obviously things in there that they don’t want us to know before pushing her to the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment” , he said of Durbin.

As Levin noted, during the hearing, the six-term senator denied requests to unseal these documents, warning of their potential effect on victims if leaked:

“I wouldn’t want it to weigh on my conscience that we were giving these pre-sentence reports to this committee for the first time in history and for this information to come out…would compromise or endanger any victim as a result,” Durbin said. Wednesday.

In his program, Levin claimed the East St. Louis, Ill., native was also wrong to characterize the GOP demands as based on conspiracy theory.


Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) smiles.  (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) smiles. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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“You are simply not allowed to use [Jackson’s] his own writings and words to question his radicalism. The same writings and words that the White House and Democrats adopted to support his nomination in the first place,” Levin said.

When Durbin asserted the existence of “bizarre charges against [Jackson] and his family,” Levin replied that no one was attacking Jackson personally or going after his family.

“What theories? He asked. “You know that coward will never come on this show [to explain].”

Levin added that Durbin also tried to block or reduce questions about Jackson’s public sentencing records — tearing up lawmakers for calling Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.’s questions “attacks.”

He pointed out that Durbin had also argued with Cruz over sentencing issues and repeatedly banged his gavel to try to force Cruz to yield to Democratic Delaware Senator Christopher Coons.

Mike Lee, R-UT (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ted Cruz, R-TX (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) Josh Hawley, R-MO (Photo by Tom Williams -Pool/Getty Images)

Mike Lee, R-UT (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Ted Cruz, R-TX (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) Josh Hawley, R-MO (Photo by Tom Williams -Pool/Getty Images)
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“Dick acts like he’s Napoleon – he cuts off legitimate lines of inquiry based on what Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote [and] governed,” said Levin, a former Reagan DOJ chief of staff.

He added that the most telling moment from the hearing was when Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., asked Jackson to define what a woman is:


“You can accuse Judge Kavanaugh, who I never liked, of gang rape, and so on to destroy the man…but if you ask Ketanji Brown Jackson to define ‘woman’, apparently you’re a racist .”

“No one should sit on the Supreme Court without being able to define the word ‘woman,'” he said. “And Dick Durbin considers it a ‘conspiracy theory’.”


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