Thursday, December 7

Judge faces senators at hearing

WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, made history Monday as she faced senators on the first day of a marathon process to potentially be confirmed as the nation’s first Black woman on the Supreme Court. 

While the real fireworks are likely to be on display Tuesday and Wednesday – when senators will question the judge directly – opening statements showed that lines of support and objection are already being drawn up.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee emphasized Jackson’s role in the greater history of the Supreme Court, which has never had a Black woman as a justice.

“You, Judge Jackson, can be the first,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said, noting that being first isn’t always easy. “Today is a proud day for America.”

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