Cotton’s absurd involvement stems from a GOP line of attack focusing on Jackson’s time as a public defender representing Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with terrorism. As a public defender, Jackson was entrusted with his clients.
“She was in the federal public defender’s office,” Roberts told Cotton on Fox News’ “America Reports.” “She says she couldn’t choose her clients. This is really a matter of due process, and I wonder why link Judge Jackson to the Nazis and the Nuremberg trials? »
Cotton noted that Jackson was assigned four suspected terrorists as a public defender, but continued to represent one of them after he moved into private practice. He also criticized her for championing the cause of these clients while representing them.
“Right. So you don’t think that was a bridge too far to make the connection to Nuremberg and the Nazis? Roberts insisted.
“No, John, again, in three separate cases, she was not representing American citizens charged with a crime that had due process under our Constitution,” Cotton said, but “foreign terrorists who had committed acts of violence against Americans”.
In fact, the Supreme Court ruled at the time that Guantanamo Bay detainees were entitled to habeas corpus rights because the United States exercised complete jurisdiction and control over the base.
Jackson explained this during his hearings last month. She had also explained that she was representing one of the inmates she had represented as a public defender in private practice because the client was assigned to her firm, without her knowledge. She said she was asked to work on their case when the partners realized she had represented that client before.
During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Cotton said, “You know, the last Justice Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the Nazis,” Cotton said, referring to Robert Jackson, who was appointed by President Harry Truman to run affairs. against German war criminals during trials. “That Judge Jackson may have gone there to defend them.”
After days of hearings and questioning Republicans on her case, Jackson will likely win enough votes to make history as the first black woman on the Supreme Court by the end of the week.
She faced outlandish questioning and attacks from GOP senators, including when she was asked to define the word “woman” and called a “pro-pedophile” for her conviction of charged with crimes involving child sexual abuse images.