In the final day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., questioned Steve Marshall, the current Attorney General for the state of Alabama and a witness called by Republicans to testify to Jackson’s qualifications. Marshall also leads the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a group that functions under the Republican Attorneys General Association. The organization was involved in organizing protests in support of then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. Whitehouse questioned Marshall about the role that the Rule of Law Defense Fund and the Republican Attorneys General Association played on Jan. 6. Marshall said that the groups denounce “lawlessness” in all forms. When Whitehouse asked Marshall whether he believes that President Joe Biden is the “lawfully serving president of the United States of America,” Marshall answered: “He is the president of our country,” repeating the answer as Whitehouse pressed on whether he believed Biden was legitimately and lawfully serving in that capacity.
The exchange came on final day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings. After three days of testimony from Jackson and questions from senators, the committee heard from professional and personal witnesses who can speak to Jackson’s work and her character. Jackson was nominated by Biden in February to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. After the hearings conclude, the committee will issue a recommendation in preparation for a full Senate vote. If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman on the high court.
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