Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson angered neocon Republicans by accusing former president of war crimes
US Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, March 22, 2022. © AP Photo/Alex Brandon
President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, was forced on Tuesday to explain several legal filings in which she allegedly referred to George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld as “war criminals” while she was defending terrorism suspects. Although Jackson had legal grounds to make the accusation, she denied directly implicating Bush and Rumsfeld.
Jackson – nominated by virtue of being a black woman – faced her second day of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Amid interrogation over her record of doling out lenient sentences to pedophiles, some hawkish Republicans found a bone to pick with Jackson over her characterization of the Bush administration.
“Why in the world would you call Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and George W. Bush war criminals in a legal filing? It seems so out of character for you,” asked Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).
“I don’t remember that particular reference,” Jackson responded, adding, “I’d have to take a look at what you meant. I did not intend to disparage the president or the secretary of defense.”