Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson had a sharp response to a question from GOP Sen. Josh Hawley asking her if she regretted the three-month sentence she issued in a child porn case where prosecutors were seeking two years.
"Senator, what I regret is that in a hearing about my qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we've spent a lot of time focusing on this small subset of my sentences," Jackson said.
She added that she was talking about the seven specific cases that Republicans have singled out, and that she has other cases where she's sentenced people to 25 or 30 years.
"No one case, Senator, can stand in for judging an entire record," she said.
The aggressive questioning she got from Hawley on Wednesday came after Jackson faced interruptions and other pointed tactics from his fellow committee Republicans.
Sen. Lindsey Graham repeatedly interjected as tried to answer his questions, prompted criticism from Democrats on the committee. Sen. Ted Cruz also would not let Jackson finish her responses to his inquiries and on several occasions accused her of not answering her questions.
"I've said what I'm going to say about these cases, no one case can stand in for a judge's entire record because... " Jackson started to say before Cruz cut in at one point.
"Would you please let her respond?" Durbin said.
"No, not if she's not gonna answer," Cruz shot back, and the committee members squabbled for several more exchanges.
"Senator, I didn't say I'm not going to answer that, my answer is..." Jackson started to say as Cruz continued to talk over her.
See the exchange between Sen. Josh Hawley and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: