Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with senators ahead of March 21 confirmation hearings

She sat down Wednesday morning with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and was scheduled to meet later in the day Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and the panel’s top Republican, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa).

Jackson’s hearings are expected to follow the typical four-day schedule for a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

The first day, March 21, will be reserved for opening statements by senators and Jackson herself. Committee members will spend the next two days, March 22 and 23, interviewing Jackson, while the final day, March 24, will include testimony from the American Bar Association and outside witnesses who will speak about Jackson personally and about his legal philosophy.

A closed session to discuss his FBI background investigation will take place after the end of the second day of interrogations on March 23.

“As I have said from the time Justice Breyer announced his retirement, the committee will undertake a fair and timely process to review Justice Jackson’s nomination,” Durbin said in announcing the timeline. “I look forward to Judge Jackson’s appearance before the Committee and respectful and dignified hearings.”

The committee is made up of 11 senators from each party, mirroring the makeup of the enlarged Senate, which is split 50-50 between the parties. Vice President Harris is empowered to sever all ties, giving Democrats a narrow advantage.


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