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Biden selects Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court nomination, reports

The White House is striving for a Friday reveal despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Published: February 25, 2022 8:12am

Updated: February 25, 2022 4:03pm

President Biden on Friday announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court nominee to fill the space being vacated by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

“She strives to be fair, to get it right, to do justice,” the president said in introducing Jackson in a White House ceremony.

Jackson, 51, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and if confirmed by the Senate would become the first black female justice appointed to the nine-member high court.

"If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court United States, I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the Constitution, and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded, will inspire future generations of Americans," Jackson said in accepting the nomination, according to the Associated Press.

During earlier parts of her career, Jackson served as a clerk for Breyer as well as a public defender, which made her resume appealing to Biden, who has voiced a desire to put more public defenders on the federal bench. 

According to CNN, Jackson, received and accepted the offer from President Biden on Thursday night.

A decision Friday by the president would mark exactly two years since then-presidential candidate Biden promised to appoint the first black female justice to the court.

Biden said he would share his choice by late February. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there would absolutely be a public announcement before March 1. 

On Thursday, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued an opinion, which was a notable deviation from its typical Tuesday/Friday release schedule, causing some to speculate that Jackson was likely the president's selection. A similar set of circumstances preceded the selection of then-D.C. Appeals Court judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was offered a spot on the court.

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