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US Supreme Court: Ketanji Brown Jackson the easiest potential SCOTUS candidate to confirm
Following the news of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer this week, there has been widespread speculation as to who US President Joe Biden will pick as Breyer’s replacement. With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as one of the contenders, a legal analyst said that the federal appeals court judge is the easiest potential candidate to confirm.
Speaking on CNN with host Ana Cabrera, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in on the women that could potentially be Biden’s picks to replace Breyer in the Supreme Court. Toobin explained that Jackson was undoubtedly the easiest candidate to confirm among the shortlist of women that could be Biden’s potential Supreme Court choice.
“She fits all the requirements, starting with the most important, which is that she’s highly qualified for the Court,” Toobin explained.
“She has been a judge for some time on the district court in Washington, she was recently confirmed to the DC circuit. I think, political, that’s a tremendous advantage because it’s the exact same Senate that will consider her nomination to the DC Circuit that will be considering her nomination to the Supreme Court. Nothing has happened in the handful of months that would disqualify her for the Supreme Court, so she would be on a glide path to confirmation.”
Aside from Jackson, other contenders to become Biden’s Supreme Court pick are California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, and South Carolina District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs. Civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill is also a favored choice to be a possible Supreme Court pick, along with District Judge Mimi Wright, Circuit Judge Eunice Lee, and Circuit Court Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi.
Should Jackson become Biden’s Supreme Court nominee and should she be confirmed, Jackson would also be making history as the first black woman to become a justice. Biden has previously promised that he would nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court in his presidency.
However, news of Biden’s nomination predictably caused an uproar among Republicans, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushing back. Psaki said Thursday that the US leader will be working with lawmakers of both sides in choosing his Supreme Court nominee. However, Psaki also criticized the Republicans for already accusing Biden’s nomination as “radical” before Biden has even made the nomination.