Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Tuesday slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's past efforts to free Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying he hopes they all "die in prison."
"As long as they're dangerous, I hope they all die in jail if they're going to go back and kill Americans. It won't bother me one bit if 39 of them die in prison," Graham said during the second day of confirmation hearings for the Biden Supreme Court nominee. "That's a better outcome than letting them go. … Look at the freakin' Afghan government. It's made up of former detainees at Gitmo."
Amid her confirmation process, Jackson has faced criticism for her work as a public defender advocating on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees. The nominee later challenged the detainment of Guantanamo Bay terror suspects while working in private practice.
"I'm suggesting the system has failed miserably, and advocates to change the system, like [Jackson] was advocating, would destroy our ability to protect this country," Graham said. "We're at war, we're not fighting a crime."