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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) gave an explosive response to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who asked him during the fourth day of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings whether President Joe Biden was legitimately elected.
Marshall declined four separate times to answer whether Biden was “duly-elected” and “lawfully-serving” as the president of the United States.
“Is Joseph R. Biden of Delaware the duly-elected and lawfully serving president of the United States of America?” Whitehouse asked.
“He is the president of this country,” Marshall responded, not falling for the apparent trap.
“Is he the duly-elected and lawfully serving president of the United States?” Whitehouse reiterated.
“He is the president of our country,” Marshall replied.
“Are you answering that omitting the language ‘duly-elected and lawfully serving’ purposefully?” Whitehouse said seeking clarification on his question.
“I’m answering the question. He is the president of the United States,” the attorney general succinctly answered.
“And you have no view as to whether or not he was duly elected or is lawfully serving?” Whitehouse pressed.
“I’m telling you he is the president of the United States,” Marshall restated.
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Marshall was at the hearing on Thursday to testify against the confirmation of Judge Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was invited by members of the Republican minority on the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak regarding the significance of the nation’s highest court in regard to public safety, law and order, and the criminal justice system.
“Not only does Judge Jackson’s nomination come at a time when crime and punishment is ranked as a top issue—if not the top issue—by Americans from both political parties, but she has received the strident support of activist groups with views about our criminal-justice system that are far outside the mainstream,” Marshall said at the hearing.
“As we know from history, the United States Supreme Court can absolutely transform criminal justice—for better or for worse,” he stated, according to WSFA12 News. “The Senate must now do its due diligence to ensure that the ideology of the anti-incarceration and anti-police movement—views that the Biden Administration has increasingly embraced—is never permitted to make its way onto the Supreme Court. I have heard nothing this week to alleviate my fear that Judge Jackson believes that a ‘fundamental redesign’ is indeed needed in our criminal justice system and that she would be inclined to use her position on the Court to this end.”
Marshall was the head of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which is an affiliate of the Republican Attorneys General Association, according to Politico. The group was accused of sending a robocall on Jan. 6 encouraging people to march to the Capitol. Whitehouse was evidently trying to validate his suspicions on whether there was any validity to that charge.
The attorney general denied knowledge of that robocall and claimed to not have sought donations for activities related to Jan. 6. He also commented that the House panel investigating the attack has not requested his testimony.
The questioning by Whitehouse probably came as a surprise but Marshall stood his ground doubling down on his answer.
Democrats are now seizing on his answer, claiming it is another instance of a Republican who won’t concede that Biden was legitimately elected president.
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