Joe Manchin will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court

Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced Friday he intends to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to ensure Senate Democrats have the votes to become the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court to raise the nation.

“Senators have a constitutional obligation to advise and approve a nominee for a Supreme Court seat, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” Manchin (D-WV) said. announced via Twitter.

“As I have done with previous Supreme Court nominees, I met with Justice Jackson and assessed her qualifications as a Supreme Court Justice. After meeting with her this week, reviewing her record, and closely following her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have decided to vote in favor of her nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Jackson can be confirmed without a single Republican vote in the 50-50 Senate as Vice President Kamala Harris would be able to break a tie in the nominee’s favour. But a single Democratic defection coupled with a unified GOP opposition would derail the nomination.

Ketanji Brown Jackson
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court if confirmed.

Manchin, who previously broke with his Democrats to thwart key parts of President Biden’s agenda, called Jackson’s record “exemplary,” citing both her Harvard education and diverse professional background.

“She spent some time practicing in private law firms and was a member of the US Sentencing Commission. She also served as Deputy Federal Defender – defending those who cannot afford legal representation, which is a pillar of our justice system,” Manchin said. “She served as a US District Judge for the District of Columbia and as a DC District Judge for the US Court of Appeals before being nominated to the Supreme Court.

“Her wide range of experience in various sectors of our justice system has provided Justice Jackson with a unique perspective that will serve her well in our nation’s highest court,” he continued. “During our meeting she was warm and kind. In addition to her impressive resume, she has the temperament to make an exceptional lawyer.”

Manchin also praised Jackson’s “deep love” for his home state of West Virginia.

“I am confident that Justice Jackson is superbly qualified and has the disposition necessary to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court Justice,” he concluded.

Manchin’s comments came a day after the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded Jackson’s four-day confirmation hearing, which included more than 20 hours of questions for Jackson from the panel’s 22 members.

The committee is expected to vote April 4 on reporting Jackson’s nomination to the full Senate, with a final confirmation vote expected later this week.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would vote against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would vote against Jackson’s nomination.

“I enjoyed meeting the candidate and went into the process with an open mind. But after studying the nominees’ files and seeing their performance this week, I cannot and will not support Justice Jackson for a lifetime Supreme Court appointment.”

Jackson was nominated by Biden last month to fill the seat of retired Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she will join the court for his next term beginning in October. Joe Manchin will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court


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