White House Tried to Cover Up Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Light Sentences for Child Pornographers

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 29, 2022   |   10:34AM   |   Washington, DC

Joe Biden’s White House is facing accusations today that it tried to cover up Ketnaji Brown Jackson’s light prison sentences for convicted child pornographers.

Republicans say Biden officials purposefully left out information about the damaging cases in which Jackson gave child pornographers from the info it provided about her to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — including one grisly child porn case in which Jackson departed significantly below probation office recommendation.

In another case where an offender received a light sentence, the convicted child pornographer continued seeking child porn after he was released.

The White House disputes the claim.

Fox News reports:

Jackson, President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, sentenced the case less than a year ago as she was about to be elevated to the D.C. Circuit Court. Titled U.S. v. Cane, it involved “over 6,500 files depicting children appearing to be of elementary, middle and high school ages, engaged in sexual acts or posing sexually.” The probation office recommended a sentence of 84 months in the case but Jackson sentenced the man to 60 months in prison, which was the mandatory minimum.

“Not only does this case, which Judge Jackson left off her list of child abuse cases, undercut her argument that she followed the probation office’s recommended sentences, but it also underscores the perils of moving too quickly in the vetting process,” a Republican Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News.

The White House said the Cane case was unintentionally left off a list given to the committee which compared Jackson’s sentences to the probation office recommendations in 14 child abuse cases because it happened so close to the end of Jackson’s tenure on the D.C. District Court.

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Republicans also say the White House is wrong that Jackson merely followed what prosecutors or the government recommended.

“The transcripts—the only public material to address sentencing in this case—confirm that the probation office recommended a longer sentence than the minimum term imposed by Judge Jackson,” a Republican Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News. “They also reveal the government’s arguments for enhancing the penalty, which suggests interest in a sentence longer than the term Judge Jackson handed out.”

“The White House is pointing to a sealed document to support their unverified claim about a case that was mysteriously excluded from information they provided to Democrats, but not Republicans ahead of Judge Jackson’s hearing. It’s clear from the sentencing transcript that the probation office, which Judge Jackson repeatedly referenced to justify her sentences, wanted a longer sentence in this case,” the GOP aide continued. “Moreover, Judge Jackson even pointed to a case (Cooper), where she imposed the shortest possible sentence despite the prosecutor’s higher recommendation, to justify her sentence in this case.”

The White House and Democrats distributed information to the media and members of the Judiciary Committee to try to defend Jackson’s record, but that information specifically left out the Cane case that is one of the most inflammatory cases in terms of the light sentence given compared to what should have been doled out for the child porn crimes.

And Republicans and Senator Josh Hawley told FoxNews that was an attempt to cover up that decision.

“Committee Republicans only just got the sentencing transcript for this case on Friday, after the hearing had ended,” the GOP Judiciary Committee aide said. “Clearly, the White House either didn’t thoroughly vet the nominee, or were aware of the record and the intentionally left it out in hopes that the nominee would be confirmed before the full record could be uncovered and reviewed.”

“When we first highlighted her record on child porn cases, the White House leaked information to their friends in the media and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Fox News. “They hid it from the public despite knowing Judge Jackson gives lenient sentences to criminals. The White House is still refusing to be transparent about Judge Jackson’s record.”

“Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker,” the Missouri Republican wrote on Twitter.

“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land,” Hawley continued. “Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”

A lawyer, Hawley said he recently began researching Jackson’s legal record and was disturbed to notice “an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.”

“In every single child porn case for which we can find records, Judge Jackson deviated from the federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child porn offenders,” Hawley said.

He cited several examples, including a case where a criminal possessed thousands of images of child pornography and wanted to travel across state lines to abuse a 9-year-old girl. The senator said guidelines call for a sentence of 97 to 121 months, but Jackson sentenced the criminal to only 57 months.

In another case, Jackson gave a lesser sentence to a man who distributed more than 100 child pornography videos and sent lewd images to his own 10-year-old daughter, he continued.

“This goes beyond ‘soft on crime.’ I’m concerned that this is a record that endangers our children,” he said.

Hawley’s findings come amid growing concerns among parents about sex being pushed on younger and younger children through school sex education programs (often run by pro-abortion groups), “sexy” summer campsentertainment media like the “Cuties” film on Netflix and more.

There also appears to be a growing push to normalize pedophilia. An ethics professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia recently was exposed for saying it “is not obvious” to him that an adult having sex with a willing child is wrong.

Jackson, Biden’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, also has a pro-abortion record that includes working with abortion activists on a case about suppressing pro-life advocates’ free speech.

Her record on unborn babies’ rights has pro-life advocates opposing her nomination.