President Biden will announce Friday he has selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, fulfilling a campaign promise to choose the first black woman for the nation’s highest court, according to sources.
Brown Jackson, 51, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, would replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement last month.
Brown Jackson’s judicial record, including high-profile rulings later overruled by higher courts, was in the spotlight last year during her confirmation for a seat on the D.C. circuit, Fox News noted.
She was one of three candidates interviewed by Biden to join a court now dominated 6-3 by Republican-appointed justices.
Critics of Biden’s vow to nominate a black woman have charged it amounts to racial discrimination, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“What the president said is that only African American women are eligible for this slot, that 94% of Americans are ineligible,” Cruz told “Fox News Sunday.” “The way Biden ought to do it is to say ‘I’m going to look for the best justice,’ interview a lot of people, and if he happens to nominate a justice who was an African American woman, then great.”
Earlier this month, Biden touted his appointment of Clinton confidant Minyon Moore to help him choose the first black female justice, without mentioning she was a Black Lives Matter board member, CRT promoter and supporter of the Defund the Police movement, London’s MailOnline reported.