Sen. Cotton cites Ketanji Brown Jackson’s past clients to say she might have defended the Nazis


The confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is expected this week and every Republican senator who votes against Jackson will almost certainly be called a racist, given the circumstances. Her confirmation is all but assured with the usual suspects, liberal GOP Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Mitt Romney (UT), expressing their support

With nothing to lose, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to unload on Biden’s nominee, who has worked on behalf of criminal defendants and Guantánamo detainees, suggesting that she would have defended the Nazis during the Nuremberg trials.

“Judge Jackson has also shown real interest in helping terrorists. Now, it’s true that you shouldn’t judge a lawyer for being willing to take on an unpopular case, but you can certainly learn something about a lawyer from the cases they seek out,” Cotton said. “And for Judge Jackson and her friends in the liberal legal profession, these cases were not unpopular at all. Judge Jackson represented four terrorists as a public defender, one of whom she continued to represent in private practice, voluntarily. And she voluntarily filed multiple friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of terrorists while in private practice.”

“To make matters worse, she apparently didn’t even bother when she was representing these terrorists. She didn’t bother to establish reasonably that what she filed with the court was factually true. Three of her four case filings were identical, word for word, comma for comma. She alleged identical facts and legal arguments in each case,” he added. “The only differences between the briefs were the names and the case numbers. In every one of those cases, she claimed the terrorists had never had any affiliation with the Taliban or Al Qaeda, and in every one of those cases she accused the Bush Administration and American soldiers of war crimes.”

The GOP senator would then share some of the details involving the people Jackson chose to work for as a lawyer.

“And who were these supposed innocent victims of American war crimes who, according to Judge Jackson, had nothing at all to do with terrorism? No siree, nothing at all,” Cotton said. “Well, one of her clients designed the prototype shoe bomb that was used in an unsuccessful attempt to blow up a passenger airplane. Another planned and executed a rocket attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. And the third was arrested in a raid on an Al Qaeda explosives training camp.”

“Yet in every case, she claimed that none of them had anything to do with terrorism. Not a thing, totally innocent. Just goat herders who were picked up by marauding American troops,” Cotton continued. “You know, the last Judge Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the case against the Nazis. This Judge Jackson might’ve gone there to defend them.”

Sen. Cotton’s full remarks can be heard here:


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