Things got heated between Ted Cruz and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) during day three of Ketanji Jackson’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings on Wednesday.
The Senators clashed in a contentious moment towards the end of Cruz’s allotted time for questioning, with Durbin – who Cruz accused of taking up a substantial amount of his time by filibustering for Jackson – jumping in and attempting to move to the next speaker before he could get an answer to his last question about Jackson’s lenient sentencing for child porn offenders.
After completely demolishing Jackson over her judicial record for 20 straight minutes and providing a detailed account of specific cases, Cruz asked the radical SCOTUS nominee to explain why – “in 100%” of the child porn cases she presided over – she punished the offenders with “very low” sentences that were well below the recommended punishment.
“I’m trying to understand how you see someone who possesses images of infants and toddlers being sexually violated and you sentence them to 64% below what the prosecutor’s asking for. You don’t provide a justification other than a generic concern that the guidelines are too high – you don’t provide a justification as required by statute.
I’m asking you why – and giving you an opportunity to explain to the American people – why in 100% of the cases – you had people with vile crimes, and you had language saying that they were vile crimes – but then you sentence them to very, very low sentences, and why do you consistently – 100% of the time – choose to do that?”
As she has done the whole time, Jackson filibustered with a word salad that has nothing to do with Cruz’s very specific question – one which he had laid out the context for multiple times already during Wednesday’s hearing, and that has been brought up consistently throughout the proceedings, so there is no excuse for this non-answer.
“Senator, no one case can stand in for a judge’s entire sentencing record. I’ve sentenced more than 100 people and you have 8 or 9 cases in that chart…” Jackson says before Cruz cuts her off and restates the specific ask, yet again.
“Ok, judge. You said that before. These are the 8 or 9 child porn cases,” Cruz points out.
At this point, Durbin jumps in to run interference and unbelievably tells Jackson that she can just ignore Cruz’s question and she doesn’t need to answer it.
Since when? Durbin, who was around for the Kavanaugh and
Source: The Gateway Pundit