Republicans call out ‘cover-up,’ say White House left out details of one horrific child porn case

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Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have accused the Biden administration White House of trying to cover up Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record of going soft on child porn offenders.

They specifically allege that when the White House submitted information to them about the nominee, they “intentionally left” out a child pornography case where the defendant, an Oklahoma public school teacher named Lucas William Cane, had been distributing thousands of child porn images on the Internet.

“Cane, 30, a Macomb Public Schools teacher, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on August 28 and made an initial appearance in Oklahoma federal court on distribution and conspiracy to distribute child pornography,” as reported by Oklahoma City station KFOR in September of 2018.

“According to the complaint, Cane posted 23 cloud storage links containing more than 6,500 pictures and videos ‘depicting children who appeared to be of elementary, middle, and high school ages engaged in sexual acts or posing sexually.’ Some children appearing alone, with adults or with other children engaged in various sex acts.”

(Source: Macomb Public Schools)

This case is of note because Jackson wound up sentencing Cane to just the mandatory minimum, 60 months in prison, instead of the 84 months that’d been requested by prosecutors. Republican critics now wonder how much lower the sentence would have been had there not been a federal mandatory minimum.

But the point, according to Republicans, is that this information about the Supreme Court nominee’s record should have been revealed from the get-go.

“Committee Republicans only just got the sentencing transcript for this case on Friday, after the hearing had ended. Clearly, the White House either didn’t thoroughly vet the nominee or were aware of the record and intentionally left it out in hopes that the nominee would be confirmed before the full record could be uncovered and reviewed,” a committee aide said in a statement to Fox News that was published Tuesday.

The sentencing transcript received by Republicans shows that in “the Cane case, Jackson disregard[ed] some images and videos relied upon by the probation office to make its recommendation, because the statement Cane agreed to when he plead guilty did not include that evidence,” according to Fox News.

“Jackson did this despite the fact that the probation officer at the sentencing hearing urged her to take those ‘sadistic and masochistic’ videos and photos into account in her final sentence. She had authority to do so even if they weren’t included in the ‘statement of offense,’ the probation officer said.”

Similarly, it appears the White House also chose to ignore the gravity of the case when deciding what and what not to include in their paperwork to the committee.

“They hid it from the public despite knowing Judge Jackson gives lenient sentences to criminals. The White House is still refusing to be transparent about Judge Jackson’s record,” committee member Sen. Josh Hawley added in his own statement.

“This is a cover-up by the Biden White House and Senate Democrats. They’re covering up her record. They intentionally omitted this case from less than a year ago because it did not fit their political narrative,” according to Mike Davis, the founder of the pro-“constitutionalist judges” group known as The Article III Project.

Davis has claimed on Twitter that his group has obtained even “more court records” from Jackson’s recent past.

Speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity” late Tuesday, Hawley noted that going light on child porn offenders is a habit for Judge Jackson.

“Every time Judge Jackson had any discretion on the court, she gave these child porn offenders less than the federal sentencing guidelines recommended, less than the prosecutors recommended and a lot of times she even went lower than the probation office, which is usually a pretty liberal recommendation,” he said.

“And every time we find out more about it, we find out that she’s been soft on criminals, but she’s been soft on child porn offenders. And of course, the White House is leaving out information and is trying to mislead. It is trying to dissemble because it’s just a fact that this is a ‘woke’ judge who has been soft on crime, and that’s not the kind of person we need on the bench.”

He concluded by sharing his deep hope that his colleagues “stand together” and vote against her confirmation.

“I sure hope that the Republicans will stand together and say that this kind of activist judge is not who we need on the US Supreme Court, I mean, this is someone who again has a now established record. I mean, it’s just beyond argument at this point. It’s an established record of being soft on criminals, particularly child sex offenders, but really criminals of all stripes,” he said.

“So I hope Republicans will stand together, and I hope the voters, like voters, will get the chance to weigh in on this, Sean, when they can say in November, this is the kind of judge who Joe Biden wanted on the U.S. Supreme Court; another soft on crime judge.”

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