Top Obama officials defend Ketanji Brown Jackson for representing Gitmo detainees
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is marshaling support for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on what's expected to be a top issue at her confirmation hearings, which begin Monday.
The big picture: As a public defender, and later in private practice, Jackson represented several Guantanamo Bay detainees between 2005 and 2009.
- The "American system of justice depends upon strong advocacy on both sides of the courtroom," reads a letter from Johnson and other key Obama-era national-security lawyers.
- A final confirmation vote is expected in early April.