BREAKING: Senator Lindsey Graham Stormed Out Of A Supreme Court Nomination Hearing For Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson Saying, ‘I Hope They All Die In Prison’

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Following a tense argument about the situation of inmates still held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, Senator Lindsey Graham walked out of a confirmation hearing for Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The South Carolina Republican confronted Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, a long-serving Illinois Democrat, after the latter pointed out that the detainees — plucked from various battlefields during the Global War On Terror that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — are being held at a cost of around $12-$13 million per year, implying that the government could dramatically reduce those costs by transferring them to a prison in Florence, Colo.

Durbin then asserted that a freed terrorism detainee’s recidivism rate is merely 5%. “According to the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Chairman, it’s 31 percent,” Graham interrupted.

“Someone is mistaken here. “If you’re going to speak about what I said, I’m going to answer to what you said. Do you favor indefinite detention under war conditions for these inmates if we shut Gitmo and relocate them to Colorado?” Graham was adamant about finding out. “I just want to make it clear that I’m delivering the facts -” Durbin said as Graham stopped him off. “The answer is no,” Graham cut in.

He went on to add that the “system has failed badly,” and that “advocates for system reform, as she was, would undermine our capacity to protect this country.” “We are at war, not fighting a crime.”

“This isn’t just a passing of time,” he added. “As long as they’re dangerous, I hope they all die in prison if they’re going to go back and kill Americans,” continued the South Carolina Republican. “It will not concern me in the least if 39 of them die in prison.” That’s a better consequence than letting them go, and if it costs $500 million to keep them locked up, keep them locked up because they’ll return to the battle!”

“Look at the Afghan government; it’s made up of ex Gitmo captives.” “This entire left-wing stuff about this war ain’t working!” he observed. Graham then rose from his seat and exited the court.

According to the Daily Caller, a reoccurring theme of the hearing was Supreme Court candidate Ketanji Brown Jackson’s defense of four Guantanamo Bay inmates while working as a public defender. She justified her previous record by claiming that a criminal defense lawyer does not choose or represent their clients in order to serve the Constitution and the court. “September 11th [2001] was a horrific attack on our country,” Jackson stated.

“We all went through it, witnessed what transpired, and there were many crucial defenses that Americans took.” There were those Americans whose duty took the shape of military action.” “After 9/11, there were also lawyers who saw that our nation’s principles were under attack, and that we couldn’t allow the terrorists prevail by fundamentally altering who we were,” she explained.

“And what that meant was that under our constitutional scheme, the people who were being accused by our government of having engaged in actions related to this were entitled to representation and to be treated fairly.” That is what distinguishes our system as the greatest in the world. That is what distinguishes us.”

She also stated that the United States Supreme Court had previously determined that detainees might seek a legal review of their detention, and that she had been designated to represent them in a legal capacity. “Federal public defenders do not get to choose their clients,” she went on to say.

“It’s a service, and they have to represent whoever comes in.” That’s what you do as a federal public defender: you protect the constitutional right to representation. As a result, as an appellate defense, I defended several of those detainees.” She highlighted that the responsibility of a criminal defense lawyer is to serve the Constitution and the court by fighting on behalf of their clients, and that the Constitution “does not get suspended in times of emergency.”

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