New Senate Questionnaire Details Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s White House Contacts During Nomination Process :: WRAL.com

– The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday released Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate questionnaire for his Supreme Court nomination, as lawmakers’ consideration of his case takes center stage in its confirmation campaign.

The questionnaire revealed new details about the judge’s contact with the White House in the weeks leading up to her nomination announcement, and it shed light on how she would approach the recusals if confirmed in court. supreme.

White House attorney Dana Remus contacted Jackson on Jan. 30 about the vacancy, according to the submission. In addition to the Feb. 14 White House interview Jackson did with President Joe Biden, she also met with Remus that day, according to the questionnaire, and she met Vice President Kamala Harris via Zoom on February 11th.

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Jackson said she was also in contact with “White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and officials from the Office of the White House Legal Counsel and the Office of White House Presidential Personnel regarding my potential appointment and the appointment process”.

She was offered the job on February 24, with the White House making the choice public the following day.

She said that no one involved in the nomination process discussed with her her positions on specific cases or legal issues that may be before the Supreme Court, and that she made no statement about the how she would rule on certain issues as a judge.

The 149-page filing was similar to the questionnaire she submitted last year for her nomination to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The disclosures cover the judicial candidates’ work history, the cases they have worked on, and other key points from their resumes.

In the eight months she served on the appeals court, Jackson wrote only two published decisions, according to the questionnaire.

She said that of the 578 opinions she wrote as a district court judge, 10 of her decisions were overturned in whole or in part by the DC Circuit, four decisions were overturned by the U.S. Court. appealed and dismissed, and in three others from the district court. decisions, his judgment was upheld but the DC Circuit criticized the substantive decisions.

A section of the questionnaire deals with recusals. Jackson noted the recusal list she put together as a lower court judge, which is used by court case assignment software to funnel cases away from judges who have potential conflicts.

“If confirmed at the Supreme Court, I will continue my current practice of using a recusal list to identify and avoid potential conflicts,” Jackson said on the new questionnaire. Justice Amy Coney Barrett made a similar pledge in her 2020 questionnaire, although that has not been the norm for previous Supreme Court nominees.

Recusal procedures for the Supreme Court are more opaque than for lower court judges.

The questionnaire also asks candidates to elaborate on the 10 most important cases in which they have been involved as a judge. As she had as a DC Circuit nominee, Jackson noted her 2019 decision siding with the House in its effort to obtain testimony from then-White House attorney Don McGahn. , as well as his 2018 ruling mostly in favor of labor organizations challenging executive orders issued by then President Donald Trump.

Her latest questionnaire adds to the list of significant cases a DC Circuit opinion she wrote alongside public sector unions in their challenge to a 2020 Federal Labor Relations Authority policy that raised the threshold. requirement of collective bargaining. She also added to the list a 2013 case where, as a district court judge, she denied a meat industry request to stop an Agriculture Department settlement.

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