Manchin: GOP’s treatment of Jackson ‘shameful’, ’embarrassing’


centrist senator. Joe ManchinJoe Manchin5 things to know about Biden’s more focused budget plans for 23 Biden budget proposal includes nearly $1 billion increase for EPA Biden unveils $0.8 trillion budget proposal with increases of taxes and spending increases MORE (DW.Va.) said how Republican senators treated the Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown JacksonKetanji Brown JacksonRomney plans ‘much deeper dive’ on Jackson after opposing his appeals court House passes bill to honor Ginsburg and O’Connor with Capitol statues Collins will have follow-up call with Ketanji Brown Jackson MORE during last week’s hearings was ‘shameful’ and ’embarrassing’ after repeatedly bringing up her conviction record of child pornography perpetrators.

Manchin said the behavior of GOP colleagues who repeatedly cut Jackson off as she attempted to answer their questions about her sentencing decision crossed the line into inappropriate.

“It was shameful, it really was, what I saw. And I met her and read all the transcripts. I basically listened to the hearings and it was just embarrassing,” he told reporters on Tuesday morning.

“It’s not who we are. That’s not why we were sent here, to attack other people and just try to beat them down. I will not be part of it. I think she is extremely qualified and I think she will be an exemplary judge,” he added.

Manchin’s comments appeared to refer to the aggressive treatment of Jackson by Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court fight shows GOP wants to avoid Trump What Ukraine shows us about US politics Military academies prepare to welcome first-time parent-caddies MORE (Texas) and Josh HaleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySupreme Court fight shows GOP wants to avoid Trump Tears of Justice The memo: Democrats hope GOP overplayed hand in Jackson hearings MORE (Mo.), who are both looking for potential White House deals in 2024.

Cruz and Hawley have repeatedly asked Jackson to explain her sentencing decisions in seven child pornography cases in which she gave convicts less time in jail than prosecutors demanded.

At one point during the second day of questioning, Jackson sounded exasperated when Hawley asked her to comment on troubling details of a case after she had already repeatedly explained her rationale for the sentence.

“What I regret is that during a hearing on my qualifications to be a judge on the Supreme Court, we spent a lot of time focusing on this small subset of my sentences,” he said. she told Hawley after repeatedly pressing her to find out if she regretted a particular phrase.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dick DurbinDick DurbinJudicial President asks Judge Thomas to recuse himself from January 6 cases (D-Ill.) told reporters Tuesday he believed “four or five” Republican senators on the committee treated the nominee disrespectfully, despite promising to hold a “dignified” process.

“This idea of ​​asking the toughest, nastiest questions and then rushing to Twitter to see if anyone tweets it, I mean, it’s as bad as playing in front of the cameras on the worst day,” did he declare.

–Updated at 11:34 a.m.


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