Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

President Biden on Friday selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the first Black woman nominated to be a justice on the nation’s highest court.

“For too long our government and our courts haven’t looked like America,” Mr. Biden said at the White House, introducing the judge as a “proven consensus builder” and a “distinguished jurist.”

“I believe it’s time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications,” he said.

Judge Jackson, 51 years old serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one of the nation’s most influential courts and often a steppingstone for Supreme Court justice

She joined that court last June after eight years as a federal judge in the nation’s capital, where she wrote more than 550 opinions

including one from 2019 in which she ruled former White House counsel Don McGahn didn’t have absolute immunity from having to testify in a congressional investigation of then-President Donald Trump

Mr. Biden offered to nominate Judge Jackson to the court in a phone call Thursday evening and she accepted, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The president made his decision after studying the histories and case records of candidates, consulting legal experts and meeting with the candidates, the White House said.

Assuming confirmation by the Senate, Judge Jackson would replace Justice Stephen Breyer a liberal who announced his retirement in January. Early in her career, the nominee clerked for Justice Breyer

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