Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday slammed President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, claiming he’s seen an “alarming pattern” of “letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes.”

Hawley, who met with Jackson last week as part of her rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings next week, took to Twitter on Wednesday to levy extensive claims about the judge he said make him “concerned that this is a record that endangers our children.”

“As far back as her time in law school, Judge Jackson has questioned making convicts register as sex offenders — saying it leads to ‘stigmatization and ostracism.’ She’s suggested public policy is driven by a ‘climate of fear, hatred & revenge’ against sex offenders,” Hawley tweeted.


The Missouri senator’s comments mark one of the most aggressive attacks by a Republican on Jackson, whom Biden nominated to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Previously, GOP members have hesitated to name any direct controversies surrounding Biden’s pick but have questioned her “judicial philosophy.”

One example Hawley referenced of Jackson’s “pattern” toward sexual offenders was in the case United States v. Hawkins, involving a defendant who had “multiple images of child porn.”

“He was over 18,” Hawley wrote. “The Sentencing Guidelines called for a sentence of up to 10 years. Judge Jackson sentenced the perpetrator to only 3 months in prison. Three months.”

Another instance raised by Hawley was in United States v. Cooper, in which the guidelines suggested a sentence of “151-188” months for the defendant. “Judge Jackson settled on 60 months, the lowest possible sentence allowed by law,” Hawley added.

Hawley also claimed that Jackson, who previously served as commissioner of the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014 before her career as a federal judge, “advocated for drastic change in how the law treats sex offenders by eliminating the existing mandatory minimum sentences for child porn.”

A member of the Committee on the Judiciary, Hawley’s allegations will likely be considered by other Republicans on the panel and in the Senate during her hearings, as she must gain approval by a simple majority before advancing to a full vote in the 100-member Senate.


“So far, the Sentencing Commission has refused to turn over all Judge Jackson’s records from her time there,” Hawley said, calling for immediate “access to all relevant records.”

“In light of what we have learned, this stonewalling must end,” he added.

The Washington Examiner contacted the Sentencing Commission but has not received a response.

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