‘Could you fairly judge a Catholic?’: Sen. Graham presses Kentaji Brown Jackson on Christian faith.
Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2022 / 10:05 am (CNA).
The exchange took place Tuesday in the early hours of the second day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Currently a federal judge serving on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Jackson, 54, is President Joe Biden’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
“What faith are you, by the way?” Graham asked.
“Senator, I am … Protestant,” Jackson said.
“OK …” the senator said, indicating that he wanted Jackson to elaborate.
“Non-denominational,” Jackson added.
“OK. Could you fairly judge a Catholic?”
“Senator, I have a record of fairly judging everyone,” Jackson responded.
Here’s Lindsey Graham grilling KBJ about her faith (to tee about a gripe about Feinstein’s infamous “dogma” comment to Barrett).
“What faith are you, by the way?”
“Could you fairly judge a Catholic?”
“On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are?” pic.twitter.com/5HaHGOYy0m
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“I’m just asking this question because, how important is your faith to you?”
“Senator, personally, my faith is very important,” Jackson said. “But as you know, there’s no religious test in the Constitution under Article 6, and —”
“There will be none with me,” Graham interjected.
“And … it’s very important to set aside one’s personal views about things, in the role of a judge,” Jackson continued.
“I couldn’t agree with you more, and I believe you can,” Graham said. “So, on a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are?” He added that he attends his own Baptist church “probably three times a year, so that speaks poorly of me.”
Graham asked: “Do you attend church regularly?”
“Well, senator, I am reluctant to talk about my faith in this way, just because I want to be mindful of the need for the public to have confidence in my ability to separate out my personal view.”
Tuesday’s hearing is scheduled to conclude at 8 p.m. ET.