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Republican Senator Storms Out of Biden SCOTUS Nominee Hearing

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stormed out of a confirmation hearing Tuesday for Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

SO WHAT

If the GOP’s strategy is to go easy on Jackson at first, not everyone appears to have gotten the memo.

WHAT HAPPENED

Graham grilled Jackson on her record of defending suspected criminal and terrorists, and specifically detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

The senator criticized Jackson’s advocacy for the release of Guantanamo detainees accused of links to al-Qaida bomb and the Taliban.

  • “Look at the freaking Afghan government, it’s made up of former detainees,” Graham said. “This whole thing by the left about this war ain’t working.”
  • Graham then got up and walked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
  • Jackson was assigned to represent four Guantanamo detainees as a public defender from 2005 to 2007, and she continued the work after moving into private practice.

THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGY

According to Tuesday’s Politico Playbook newsletter, the GOP planned to “not to go after Jackson early on — lest they distract from pocketbook issues like inflation that Republicans think will resonate most in the midterms.”

  • But the party had already raised concerns that Jackson is soft on crime and terrorism.
  • And Graham’s performance suggested some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee came to fight.

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