Ms. Collins, who spent approximately 90 minutes with Judge Jackson before last week’s hearings, had a second one-hour face-to-face meeting with the judge on Tuesday afternoon, in which the two different issues before the Judiciary Committee were discussed. brought forward.
During the hearings, Republicans on the panel asked about Judge Jackson’s conviction history against child molesters, and unsuccessfully tried to get her to give her opinion on whether to add seats to the Supreme Court, as some progressives have argued for. Top Republicans, including some who were considered potential votes for Judge Jackson, have seized her refusal to answer the court’s expansion as an obstacle to her confirmation.
“I don’t understand that because it’s not an issue that will go to court for her, so she should be able to talk about it as a candidate,” Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I’m afraid she didn’t want to.”
But Ms. Collins said Judge Jackson assured her in their interview on Tuesday that she would “stay out of that matter forever”.
Republicans also last week seized a legal process that Judge Jackson filed on behalf of terrorism detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in which former President George W. Bush was charged with war crimes when his administration tortured detainees. Ms. Collins said Judge Jackson explained at their meeting on Tuesday that she had no intention of personally accusing Mr Bush of war crimes, but had used a general model for such cases.
“There is no doubt that she is qualified to be a Supreme Court judge,” said Ms. Collins, citing Judge Jackson’s “wide experience as a clerk, private practice attorney, federal public defender, member of the US Sentencing Commission and district judge for more than eight years.”
Judge Jackson also met on Tuesday with Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who was seen as a potential vote in her favor, though he opposed her appeals court nomination. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who supported Judge Jackson’s confirmation on the appeals court, is also considered a potential Republican supporter and has yet to disclose her position, saying her past support is no indication of how she will vote this time .