The White House sought Thursday to combat a sharp attack against President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee by the same Republican senator who led the unsuccessful effort in the Senate to overturn Biden’s election.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., posted a lengthy Twitter thread Wednesday evening that portrayed federal appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as taking a soft approach on child pornography cases during her tenure as a federal district judge from 2013 to 2021.
The White House initially declined to comment on Hawley’s Twitter attack Wednesday evening, but by Thursday afternoon White House press secretary Jen Psaki attacked the Missouri Republican by name for making what she called “faulty accusations” about Jackson’s record.
“Attempts to smear and discredit her history and her work are not borne out in fact,” Psaki said Thursday in response to Hawley’s attack.
Psaki said that in “in the vast majority of cases involving child sex crimes the sentences Judge Jackson imposed were consistent with or above what the government or U.S. Probation recommended.”