Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday grew to become the most recent Republican to come back out in opposition to Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom, saying he disagrees together with her judicial stance.
“My sense is that the president actually had each good intention and each, each proper within the marketing campaign to speak about placing the primary black lady on the court docket. I feel it’s time for that to occur,” the Missouri Republican mentioned on ABC’s “This Week.” “I hoped that I might be part of that.”
However he mentioned he present in conversations he had with Jackson on Capitol Hill final week that whereas the DC federal circuit court docket choose was “actually certified” and has a “nice persona,” her judicial views gave him pause.
“The judicial philosophy appears to be not the philosophy of what the regulation says, and the Structure says, and making use of that, however going via some methodology that means that you can attempt to have a look at the Structure as a extra versatile doc, and even the regulation, and there are circumstances that present that that’s a her view,” Blunt mentioned.
The senator mentioned he thinks she’s going to “actually” be confirmed and that it’s going to a “excessive level” for the nation to see her elevated to the Supreme Courtroom.
“However I don’t suppose she’s the sort of choose that can actually do the sort of work that I feel must be executed by the court docket and I gained’t be supporting her. However I’ll be becoming a member of others and understanding the significance of this second,” Blunt mentioned.
Whereas the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Blunt doesn’t sit on, is anticipated to vote Monday on Jackson’s affirmation, the total Senate has but to schedule a vote.
All 11 Democrats on the panel are anticipated to vote for her, whereas all 11 of Republicans are anticipated to oppose her.
To date, just one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, has come out in assist of Jackson.
Collins was one among three GOP senators who voted to substantiate Jackson to the DC Circuit Courtroom of Appeals final 12 months, together with Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Graham, a member of the committee, mentioned he would oppose her affirmation, however Murkowski hasn’t publicly mentioned the place she stands on the nomination.
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell additionally mentioned he’s a no vote on Jackson.
With Collins’ backing, Democrats seem to have sufficient votes to substantiate Jackson within the 50-50 divided chamber.
Biden nominated Jackson in February to switch Justice Stephen Breyer, who mentioned he can be stepping down from the excessive court docket this summer season.
Jackson wouldn’t alter the court docket’s 6-3 conservative majority.