UPDATED 10:32 AM PT – Sunday, November 28, 2021
Joe Biden has found a key ally within the Republican Party, who seems to be helping him pass through his judicial nominees. Reports have pointed to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) as a Biden sympathizer, who has helped the last two Democrat administrations appoint their picks to top federal judgeships.
Graham was one of only three Republican senators to support the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Experts believe Biden has been prepping Jackson to be a potential Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
53-44: Senate confirms US District Court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s 1st Circuit Court nominee, to serve on US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit. She replaces Judge/now AG Merrick Garland. 3 Republicans Collins, Graham and Murkowski voted Yes with all Democrats. pic.twitter.com/cG737eb3l2
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) June 14, 2021
Additionally, Graham was one of nine GOP senators to help push through Justice Sonia Sotomayor during the Obama administration. Critics have noted Graham gives preference to the party ruling the White House on matters concerning the judiciary, regardless of the party.
Graham’s office released a statement reiterating his position on the matter.
“Senator Graham has long believed that under the Constitution, the president has the right to select judges of their choosing and as long as they are qualified, they should generally be confirmed by the Senate,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, some have described Graham’s position as “the old fashioned view” that was more commonly used in earlier days within the Senate, with many saying it is unlikely he will shift his views.