Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate minority leader, said on Sunday he and Ketanji Brown Jackson “had a very good conversation” when they met before her confirmation hearings.
Speaking to CBS, McConnell said he asked her to “defend the court” against those who say Democrats should expand it beyond nine justices to redress its ideological balance.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Breyer both publicly opposed court packing,” McConnell said, “that is trying to increase the number of members in order to get an outcome you like. That would have been an easy thing for [Jackson] to do, to defend the integrity of the court. She wouldn’t do that.”
The man who drastically shifted the balance of the court in part by denying a nomination to Barack Obama in 2016 and swiftly confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett four years later also said: “I haven’t made a final decision as to how I’m gonna vote.”