Bipartisan group of 86 former state attorneys general sign endorsement letter of support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Jackson

President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson a couple of weeks ago to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and it is looking increasingly likely that she will have little problem being confirmed to the position by the U.S. Senate.

One factor bolstering the odds in her favor is a recent endorsement letter signed by several dozen former state attorneys general from across the country, Fox News reported.

The letter featured the signatures of both Democratic and Republican former officials and was addressed to the two partisan leaders in the Senate, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as well as the two partisan leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

The endorsement in support of the nomination

The letter, obtained exclusively by Fox News, expressed the “strong support” of the 86 signatories for the nomination of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court, who cited her “outstanding qualifications” and “impressive legal career” as reasons why she should be confirmed.

“She has experienced the justice system from all perspectives — as a federal appellate judge, district court judge, vice-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, private practitioner, assistant public defender, and U.S. Supreme Court clerk for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer,” the letter stated.

“Her outstanding academic credentials, integrity, and commitment to following the facts, impartiality, fairness, and the rule of law are the qualities essential to serving on the Supreme Court,” the former attorneys general continued.

Qualifications for the job

More specifically, the letter pointed to three different qualities of Judge Jackson possessed, including: “Extensive legal experience, both criminal and civil, with a deep understanding of law and its impact;” “Ability to examine issues from multiple perspectives, following the facts with fairness and integrity;” and her “Outstanding academic background.”

Fox News noted that the letter from the bipartisan group of former attorneys general pointed out that Judge Jackson had already been confirmed in a bipartisan manner in the Senate on three separate prior occasions, including just last year in 2021, when President Biden elevated her from the D.C. District Court to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The letter concluded, “We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve her nomination as quickly as possible, with a Senate final confirmation vote to follow shortly thereafter.”

Confirmation hearings to start in a couple of weeks

Fox News further noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearings to be held between March 21-24, during which statements and possible objections will be made, questions will be asked and answered, and outside witnesses will provide testimony in her regard to the committee members.

Per the committee itself, this letter from the former attorneys general is the 13th letter in support of her nomination that has been received thus far for the nominee who, if confirmed, would be the 116th Associate Justice in the high court’s history but only the first black woman to reach that dignified and exclusive position.

Assuming her nomination is cleared by that Democrat-controlled committee, which seems practically inevitable, it will be up to Leader Schumer to then schedule a vote by the entire Senate on whether or not she should be confirmed to replace Justice Breyer.

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