Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday criticized Joe Biden’s Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson as a “soft on crime” judge because of her past as a lawyer.
One of those Republicans was Ted Cruz of Texas, who accused Democrats of trying to abolish the police by appointing justices who side with or favor releasing violent criminals, rather than enforcing the law to protect innocent citizens.
As a court-appointed attorney, Jackson defended four prisoners accused of terrorism held at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba.
Jackson, who currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission where she helped reduce prison sentences for federal drug offenses.
In addition, Josh Hawley accused Jackson of having handed down lenient sentences against child pornography defendants.
Democrats, for their part, heaped praise on Jackson.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing that Biden has been receiving briefings from her team throughout the morning on the progress of the Judiciary Committee hearing.
Democrats want Jackson’s nomination approved on the Senate floor by April 8.