Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson declined on Tuesday to say whether she supports adding additional justices to the nation’s highest court, saying such speculation would go beyond “the proper role of a judge.”
“Again, my north star is the consideration of the proper role of a judge in our constitutional scheme,” Jackson said, responding to Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “And in my view, judges should not be speaking to political issues and certainly not a nominee for a position on the Supreme Court.”
When Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) noted that past and current justices, including Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have shared their opinions against court packing, Jackson cited Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who declined to comment on the topic during her 2020 confirmation hearings.
“Respectfully, senator, other nominees to the Supreme Court have responded as I will, which is that it is a policy question for Congress and I am particularly mindful of not speaking to policy issues because I am so committed to staying in my lane of the system,” she said.
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