Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly opposes to stop asking Ketanji Brown Jackson after Senator Dick Durbin has expired.

Ted Cruz, Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Dick Durbin addressing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmatory hearing on March 23, 2022.Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

  • Cruz refused to stop speaking after the time allotted at the Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing.

  • “You can hit as loud as you like,” Cruz told Senator Dick Durbin, the chairman, when he hit the gavel.

  • “At some point you have to obey the rules,” Durbin replied.

Senator Ted Cruz will stop talking on Wednesday about the time allotted at the confirmation hearing of Senator Dick Durbin, a candidate for the Supreme Court, to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I ignored the request repeatedly.

Cruz was in the middle of asking Jackson a question when Durbin hit his gavel to inform Texas Republicans that his 20 minutes had run out.

Senator Texas referred to a previous exchange between them when Cruz interfered with Jackson several times and Durbin asked Senator to stop cutting her off when she responded. And to the question that protested the move, saying that it took more than a minute for his time.

“I want you to play according to the rules,” Durbin told Cruz.

“I know you want to get in the way, but you’ve spent a lot of time on my question. I’m going to ask my question. If you want to testify, welcome,” Cruz said. I answered before asking another question. A record of her decision on a child pornography case.

Some Republicans claimed to be generous with criminals because Jackson sentenced him to a shorter sentence than recommended by federal guidelines.Legal expert Uncovered the accusation, States that the guidelines are overly strict and omit the main context and data that indicate they are out of date. Some Republicans, including Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, said Was criticized Attack of their Republican colleague against Jackson.

As Cruz continued to cross-examine Jackson, Durbin hit Gavel again, reminding Republicans that his time had run out and calling on his next member, Senator Chris Coons, to begin the cross-examination.

Cruz ignored the plea and continued talking to Jackson.

“Senator, you’re not recognized,” Durbin told Cruz.

“Don’t you want her to answer that question?” Cruz snapped to Durbin.

“I wouldn’t forgive her anyway,” Durbin said. “Senator, you took two and a half minutes.”

The pair talked to each other and continued to spar hot back and forth.

“Please, Senator. Please, Senator,” Durbin appealed to Cruz.

“Chair Durbin, would you like her to answer the question? Why not let her answer the question?” Cruz insisted.

Cruz continued his relationship with Durbin. Durbin was visibly frustrated and hit his gavel twice.

“You can hit as loud as you like,” Cruz said.

“At some point you have to obey the rules,” Durbin replied.

Cruz refused to stand up and stop talking. Durbin ignored him and called on Koons to start his question, and Cruz eventually gave up.

Cruz wasn’t the only Republican to Durbin on Wednesday.Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also went Repeatedly interrupted Jackson over his allotted question time As she said.

Jackson faced sharp questions from Cruz and several other Republicans during her confirmation hearing this week. But she can be confirmed by Democrats by a simple majority vote without Republican support. Once confirmed, Jackson will make history as the first black woman in the Supreme Court.

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