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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin is still seeking bipartisan confirmation from the judge Ketanji Brown Jackson yes Supreme Courtdespite the fact that hearings sometimes derail.
“It’s still my hope,” Durbin told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
Last year, Jackson received three Republican votes for confirmation in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
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But at the time Biden announced Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Graham was very critical, in part because Biden had ignored his proposal: South Carolina District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs. Graham said Biden Jackson’s election shows that “the radical left won».
Graham sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and this week was one of Jackson’s toughest inquiries, accusing her of “wrong” sentencing in child pornography cases.
Asked on Wednesday whether Durbin had spoken to him about securing his vote, Graham told reporters: “I like Dick, we always talk.”
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As to whether he can support Jackson, Graham told Fox News Digital: “Stay tuned.”
During Wednesday’s hearing, Graham had a fight interrogation line with Jackson about her approach to sentencing in child pornography cases and said she should have given some offenders more time behind bars.
“Because of the Internet and computer systems, there has been an explosion of child pornography, and it refuses to use it as an amplifier of proposals, which, in my opinion, puts it at the bottom,” Graham said during a break from the hearing. “And second, it won’t look at the number of images uploaded. I believe that both are mistakes. “
Graham also distanced himself from QAnon, a conspiracy under which a group of elites who worship Satan, who run the sex ring of children, is trying to control politics and the media. Asked if he was concerned that his remarks contradicted the QAnon conspiracy, Graham told reporters: “I think the QAnon people are crazy. It’s about restraining behavior.”
During Supreme Court hearings, Durbin sometimes intervened when questions from Graham and Senator Ted Cruz, Texas, became too hot, allowing Jackson to answer without interruption if she wished.
The hearing period so far has been “for the most part very positive, with a few exceptions,” Durbin said during the break.
He refused to call specific senators.
“I don’t name names,” Durbin said. “I’m just saying a few people are off the rails and I’m disappointed, but we’ll keep working.”
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Collins, another potential pro for Jackson, said earlier this week that she still has unanswered questions about Jackson judicial a philosophy to be answered.
“I had a very good 90-minute meeting with her. But during that meeting, I didn’t get enough information about her judicial philosophy. And that’s very important to me,” Collins, R. Maine, said Monday before the hearing.
Tyler Olson and Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.