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Alabama AG to testify against Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

A Gallup poll published Wednesday found that 58 percent of Americans polled said the Senate should vote in favor of Jackson.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 with Gov. Kay Ivey in April 2020. (VIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is set to testify against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, the last day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Marshall received a request to testify on behalf of Republicans, and will follow what was an at times contentious day of questioning on Wednesday, when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, continuously interrupted Jackson and accused her of judicial activism over immigration cases. 

If confirmed, 51-year-old Jackson would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. 

“My parents grew up in Florida under lawful segregation, and what that means is that when they were coming through middle school and high school they were not allowed to go to school with white students,” Jackson said during Wednesday’s hearing. “What my being here I think is about, at some level, is about the progress we’ve made in this country in a very short period of time.”

A Gallup poll published Wednesday found that 58 percent of Americans polled said the Senate should vote in favor of Jackson, a percentage that ties as the highest Gallup has measured for any recent nominee.

Marshall heads the Republican Attorneys General Association’s policy branch, the dark-money nonprofit Rule of Law Defense Fund, which is listed as a participating organization for the March to Save America on the march’s website, as are the groups Stop the Steal, Tea Party Patriots and Turning Point Action.

Prior to the Jan. 6, 2021, protest that turned into an attack on the U.S. Capitol, RLDF sent out robocalls detailing when and where citizens should meet, which was first reported by Documented

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Marshall told APR days after the attack that he was unaware the nonprofit he leads made “decisions” with regard to the rally, and that he planned to conduct an “internal review” of the matter. 

Several longtime staff member at the Republican Attorneys General Association resigned in the wake of the robocalls and deadly attack.

Some of the departures follow the association’s appointment as director Pete Bisbee, a man whom one outgoing staffer said was responsible for approving robocalls urging attendance at the Jan. 6 rally. 

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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