Mar 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

McConnell: No final decision yet on confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn't decided whether he'll vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, he told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Why it matters: If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the first justice in decades to have significant experience representing criminal defendants.

The big picture: When asked by host Margaret Brennan — who observed that McConnell had voted against Jackson for a previous appointment — how he was feeling about his vote, McConnell stressed that his mind was not made up.

  • "We had a very good conversation in my office and I asked her, you know, typically the Supreme Court nominees of both parties have never answered the questions. What they typically say is that something might come before me and I don't want to prejudge how I might actually vote," McConnell said.
  • McConnell said that during their conversation he observed that Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer had opposed court-packing and asked Jackson for her stance.
  • "She wouldn't do that. So, in the meantime, the committee will ask her all the tough questions. I haven't made a final decision as to how I'm going to vote."

Go deeper: Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Go deeper