In a defensive move, Joe Biden’s White House shot back at Republicans who criticized his Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, over her rulings that lowered sentences for pedophiles and sex offenders. The White House claimed the criticisms were “disingenuous attacks” on the jurist.
The Hill reports:
“After weeks of trying hard to find some way to attack Judge Jackson — first saying she was an affirmative action pick, then saying she was the product of dark money, then saying she would be suspect because she was a public defender — a group of far-right Republican senators … have launched a last-ditch, eve-of-hearing desperation attack on her record on sentencing in sexual offense cases,” press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing with reporters.
Psaki was asked specifically about criticism from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who said a pattern of what he called lax sentencing in several child pornography cases has raised red flags about her nomination. Hawley cited 10 cases where Jackson sentenced child pornography offenders to sentences more lenient than federal guidelines.
Hawley said “for sure” he would press Jackson about this part of her judicial record and that “all the offices” of Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been in touch on the issue.
Psaki said the specific attack on Jackson “relies on factual inaccuracies and taking Judge Jackson’s record wildly out of context.”
“We hope that those who are taking this process seriously, or state that they are taking this process seriously, will also look to the facts and not disingenuous attacks,” claimed Psaki.