Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson heads to a final round of questioning in her Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday, after a relatively easy two days before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which offered few surprises.
When the hearing begins at 9 a.m., the last two of the commission’s 22 senators will conduct their first 30-minute rounds of questioning, after which each senator will have a 20-minute interrogation period.
But as senators prepare for their last chance to formally interview Judge Jackson, there seemed to be little ground to scrutinize her background after a hearing that lasted 13 hours Tuesday.
Having already attended three previous Senate hearings, Judge Jackson appeared to be composed for much of Tuesday’s hearing. cases of child sexual abuse.
She painted her conception of a judge’s role as a narrow one, repeatedly saying she would “stay in my job,” defending her career as both a public defender and a judge.
Even senators who attacked parts of Judge Jackson’s career often seemed to temper their criticism with praise for her track record and the historic nature of her appointment, which appears to make her the first black woman on the court. Many started by acknowledging her achievements before moving on to a more confrontational tone.
With many of the questions about Judge Jackson’s thinking, such as her take on past Supreme Court rulings, already asked and answered, committee members may choose to focus on the future on Wednesday, possibly defining their stance on the outcome. whether or not to support her nomination.
Democrats, who must stay united to secure Judge Jackson’s confirmation, could spend Wednesday making their final case to their colleagues. Hoping that some Republicans who have backed Judge Jackson in the past will do so again, Democrats on the committee can also call on some moderate Republicans to lay the groundwork for a bipartisan endorsement.
Senator Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has said he hopes to proceed with a confirmation vote before the Senate goes on recess on April 8.