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GOP Sen. Roy Blunt announces he will oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination, says it will be a ‘highlight’ for the US to see her on the court

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Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, right, meets with Senator Roy Blunt on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2022.AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

  • Senator Roy Blunt has said he will oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

  • The senator claimed that Jackson would view the Constitution “as a more flexible document.”

  • “I won’t support her, but I will join others in understanding the importance of this moment,” he said.

Sen. Roy Blunt said on Sunday he would not vote to confirm Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, while admitting she would receive the necessary votes in the upper house to be approved.

Blunt – the retired Missouri Republican who had been considered a potential swing vote – said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that Jackson was “certainly qualified, but added that he had concerns about his legal philosophy.

“I think she has a great personality…I think she’ll be a good colleague in court. But the judicial philosophy doesn’t seem to be to look at what the law and the Constitution says and apply it, but to go through a method that allows you to try to look at the Constitution as a more flexible document, and even the law. And there are cases that show that’s his point of view, “he told the host George Stephanopoulos.

He continued: “I think she will definitely be confirmed. I think it will be a highlight for the country to see her take to the court and bring her unique perspective to the court, but I don’t think she is. the kind of judge who will really do the kind of work that I think needs to be done by the court.”

Blunt told Politico last month that he wanted to support the breakthrough nomination, but would ultimately make his decision based on his judicial temper.

“My initial inclination was: I would really like to vote for the first black woman to go on the court,” Blunt told the publication, but added that her point of view would come down to her “opinion on what the court does. and their view of what the law is.”

On “This Week,” Blunt said that despite his “no” vote, he recognizes the significance of Jackson’s milestone.

“I won’t support her, but I will join others in understanding the importance of this moment,” he told Stephanopoulos.

Jackson, who was confirmed last year as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was appointed by President Joe Biden to the high court in February after Judge Stephen Breyer announced he would be leaving the court. supreme at the end of the current mandate.

So far, virtually all Democrats have indicated they will support Jackson, and with 50 votes, plus the support of Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the judge is expected to be confirmed later this week.

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