On Wednesday, Senator Mike Lee said that he was concerned with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s responses to questions about court packing during her confirmation hearings.
In an attempt to align their ideologies, some left-leaning parties have tried to pack courts.
Lee made his remarks during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Mike Lee on Judge Jackson dodging questions on court-packing: ‘It leaves a mark’https://t.co/e2xXmXoKkv
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‘She acknowledges that she has one but won’t share it’
Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who worked as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, told Fox News that Jackson not clearly answering a question during her confirmation hearings “concerns” him because it might reflect her “judicial philosophy.”
During the hearings, Jackson told Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of court packing, “Again, my north star is the consideration of the proper role of a judge in our constitutional scheme. And in my view, judges should not be speaking to political issues and certainly not a nominee for a position on the Supreme Court.”
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Jackson supported her position by noting Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was recently appointed to the same role as Jackson, also refused to answer.
Sen. Lee said, “You know, she gives us her answer, Brian, the fact that she doesn’t want to weigh in on political issues. Interestingly, this is an issue that both affects the court, and it is unique in that while it affects the court, it’s not something the court could ever address.”
“It is what we call a nonjusticiable political question,” Lee continued. “It would be decided by Congress and not by the courts. And it reflects on her judicial philosophy, I think because her answer on that would tell us a little bit about how strongly she feels about the court’s independence.”
“It concerns me that she hasn’t been willing to offer her opinion,” Lee noted. “She acknowledges that she has one but won’t share it.”
Brown Jackson, according to the Republican should speak out about her views.
“This is a bonafide hearing — one that is focused on the issues, so she ought to be willing to answer that,” Lee said. “This is a really important issue.”
My thoughts before questioning Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in today’s Judiciary Committee Hearing. It is not right to court pack. pic.twitter.com/l1DoyOi2Kd
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 22, 2022
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Lee: Court Packing ‘destructive to the very constitutional fabric of our country’
Lee indicated that certain of her associations from the past also concerns him in regard to court packing.
“Some of the groups that have supported Judge Jackson and some people with whom she has aligned in one way or another have been outspoken advocates in favor of it,” Lee said.
“And yet it’s destructive to the very constitutional fabric of our country,” the senator finished.