President Joe Biden has reportedly selected Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, a Clinton-era appointment who recently announced his retirement.
CNN first reported the story on Friday morning, citing “a source who has been notified about the decision.” A formal announcement is expected later on Friday.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 25, 2022
CNN’s Jake Tapper later noted on Twitter that the network’s White House correspondent John Harwood provided the information regarding Jackson’s confirmation.
“Ketanji Brown Jackson, who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, received and accepted President Biden’s offer to be his nominee to the US Supreme Court in a call last night, according to a source familiar,” Harwood reported.
“Biden has reached a decision on his first nominee to the Supreme Court, people familiar with the selection said Thursday, with his historic selection of the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court set to be revealed as soon as Friday,” CNN reported initially on Thursday.
Biden had reportedly interviewed three women as potential nominees to be his Supreme Court justice pick, with the White House previously indicating that he would share his decision by Monday.
Biden’s three potential picks were all black women, something he promised on the campaign trail. In addition to Jackson, the president considered J. Michelle Childs of South Carolina and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.
Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Florida, and graduated from Harvard Law School. She also clerked for Breyer during the 1999-2000 Supreme Court term. Jackson became Biden’s first confirmed appellate judge in 2021.
Of strong importance to Biden and fellow Democrats, however, is that Jackson has been twice confirmed by the Senate in the past.
“She has also been twice confirmed by the Senate, including last year, when three Republicans voted yes in a 53-to-44 vote to approve her elevation to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a traditional proving ground for potential justices. The three Republicans who voted to confirm her — and who will be under pressure from Democrats to do so again in the evenly divided Senate — were Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska,” The New York Times noted.
NBC News reported on Tuesday that Biden “continues to evaluate eminently qualified individuals in the mold of Justice Breyer who have the strongest records, intellect, character, and dedication to the rule of law that anyone could ask for,” according to Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates.
All three potential nominees are “deserving of bipartisan support,” Bates added.
This week, some Democrats have been lining up in support of Biden picking Jackson. Ben Crump, a famed attorney in several cases involving race relations and interactions with law enforcement and lawyer to the family in the George Floyd case, also wrote an op-ed calling on President Joe Biden to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
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