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>> we are now learning more about two men accused of posing as federal agents to gain the trust of the secret service. and what is starting to look like the first scandal in the agency's history. you are watching "outnumbered," i'm harris faulkner. my cohost tr, emily compagno and kayleigh mcenany, are ready to carry you through friday. here also tomi lahren and steve hilton. good to see you guys. prosecutors say the suspects posed as homeland security agents and gave expensive gifts
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the secret service agents, including televisions, cell phones, weapons, rent free apartments worth $25,000 a year each, for secret service officers have been put on administrative leave in connection with this case. fox news can now confirm one of the agents was protecting the first lady at the time. the other was assigned to the vicinity of the vice president's residence, although not on her personal detail. we have new pictures of what the fbi has found after raiding one of the suspects apartments this week. they show tactical gear, ammunition, and firearms. both men are u.s. citizens, although one claims to have ties to pakistan intelligence service. the suspects are set to appear in court later this afternoon. steve helton, what comes to mind when you see the details of the story? speak of the details are really pretty shocking, harris. although when you said the worst
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scandal in secret service history i thought you said the worst scandal since the last scandal. this is the scandal plagued agency. i'll get to that in a second pair the specific details of this case are really scary. without that connection there potentially to pakistani intelligence to the isi commit tells you that this is not just a bunch of random people who thought this would be a fun idea. this is infiltration by a foreign government. actually a hostile part of a foreign government. often we think of pakistan as an ally. the isi was the real enemy of america through the years in afghanistan, funding and supporting the taliban and so on, despite what we heard from the pakistani government. that is a real cause for concern. secondly, in terms of the specifics of this case you have to wonder when you read out that list of specifics, that the agents were offered, including the rent free apartments, you have to wonder why they were not suspicious. that rings real alarm bells,
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frankly, but the quality of the people in these incredibly sensitive positions. actually the real point i think we all need to focus on is the structural point about what is going on with this agency. i was just looking at what happened in those candles particularly during the obama years. we remember the stories, one after the other. intrusions into the white house, in columbia, on and on it went. then there was a report done to make recommendations and expert panel -- i have the details here. an expert panda recommended that in 2014 a bunch of recommendations for the secret service -- they pointed to a catastrophic failure in training. they had 19 recommendations now if you look recently the government accountability office looked at what the secret service had done. they said that now the training might get up to 12% of the time by 2025 and 13 of the 19
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recommendations have been met. what have they been doing? there are not even halfway to implementing the recommendations made after the last scandal. >> and this is not to impugn the entire agency. but what you are talking about really had the entire agency. if they did 13 of the 19 recommendations, where those even the right recommendations? maybe they were learning the wrong stuff, tommy? >> yeah, one has to wonder why does something like this happen. where is the oversight? this is not a small issue. were talking about the president, the vice president, the first lady. they should not fall through the cracks. the american people already have so much distrust and federal institutions. there are so many questions about foreign agencies, foreign ties there be the biden family or aaron so well in his potential chinese girlfriend -- there are so many people with so many links to so many things that should be concerning -- i think it is time to batten down
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the hatches and get some oversight because this is nothing to play with. the american people deserve answers on this on a whole cadre of other issues that are threatening our national security. i don't think we are going to get it. i'd seems to be swept under the rug and nobody seems to care about this investigation. we are so investigation rated and then it seems like we never get a conclusion that this access factory. >> sometimes you get confused when you say a word over and over and you're like wait, what does that word mean again? 's for me that is investigation. tomi? >> you made a great point. if there is a dearth of leadership, and absence of training, if there are outlier agents then we will reserve that identification for each pair largely by and large the secret service is filled with an incredible cadre of men and women. absolutely come every single day. i spoke with a long time secret
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agent -- he had presidential detail covering for administrations. he's never tarried any of such great insight into this administration. or talk about all of the stuff, free rent and the like. these guys were supposed to be dhs employees. that's the same pay structure. didn't that raise red flags? how are these guys in possession of all of this cash of amazing and expensive stuff? secondly we know that concentration wise washington, d.c., and moscow have the most heavily populated amount of spies and the entire world, why would you even be talking to these people when they are giving you an improper benefit? no matter what dearth of training there might be, training covers that. i'm the best case they were being set up for extortion. at worst they were being worked as an asset for a foreign government. that final point blew me away. by the way, if they had just done a little bit of research on their own come with 3 minutes of airtime into these guys, they could've saved the doj from undergoing an incredible investigation will likely last a
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long time. >> why were they not more curious about what was going on? for me in terms of following investigations there's that word again -- i would want to know that. primarily because of the vulnerability creates. you can bribe, you can do a whole lot of games of somebody has taken the kind of cash. but also if they are not the curious about their own well-being how it is going to protect somebody? >> we've not heard their side of the story at some i think that is worth saying pair they should've asked this question. when working in government there are certain gift regulations. i got a bass gnomic box of mask at the head of the pandemic that is only able to accept it because they had to be under very small dollar threshold. the notion that you're receiving $40,000 from an apartment and flatscreen tvs and iphones commission oscar superior even though this individual said it is money caught up in an operation, they were misled. however you should raise that they are superior. i do want to say to emily's point i think it's very important to separate the rank and file from maybe at some of the macro problems the
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secret service -- just like we did the fbi agents from some of the macro problems with russia at the head of the fbi, these secret service individuals i was around them when i was an intern for the bush administration, i was around them everyday as press secretary for trump. amazing people. smart people that. they protect the president in the heart of situations. i cannot even bring my husband to jersey without dog sniffing. rigorous questioning from secret service bear they do a phenomenal job. i can't speak for the lack of judgment in the situation -- i i -- i want to hear their side of the story. but i will say these are some of the best of the boston secret service. i was honored to stand by them everyday. >> unfortunately what we are left to focus on us to wait for those details to come forth and look at for people left him administration leave and wonder what is the back fill them you are -- steve you gave such great points with that after all the scandals we saw within the last decade, what types of things were there to retrofit a better future on this agency?
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i don't know again if those were the right things to do. >> that's exactly right. it does speak to a wider lack of trust in our federal agencies. you see the bureaucracy has grown so much -- it's so big. the bigger it gets the more money it gets from us taxpayers, it seems to be worse and worse in terms of performance. blossom affected by this culture of political ideology instead of just getting on and doing the job in practical ways. i think it's absolutely right. people will look at this and think what is going on with our federal government? >> all right, we will move on. russia, continuing its attacks in ukraine. specifically civilians. former president obama says that the last time this happened he forced the e.u. to confront speedy 25.
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>> with russia continuing its brutal effect in ukraine, former president barack obama is recommending how he told putin back in crimea. >> i will say is someone who grappled with the incursion into crimea in the eastern portions of ukraine i have been encouraged by the european reaction. in 2014 i often had to them kicking and screaming.
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those of us who describe ourselves as western democracies. >> that's not how it lots of other people work remember it. his critics are calling out his revisionist history and social media. among them mark hemingway, who tweeted grappled equals did nothing. after spending years mocking anyone arguing with anyone -- we actually have an example of that were going to play right now when obama mocked the g.o.p. nominee, mitt romney, for calling russia are top geopolitical threat. let's take a listen. >> when you ask what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing america you said russia. not al qaeda, he said russia. in the 1980s or now, call and ask for their foreign policy back to the cold war has been over for 20 years. >> stephen felton? >> it is so outrageous and so
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offensive, but so typical of obama, who is probably the most vain, self regarded person ever. it is just extraordinary. there is a key text here that everyone should bear in mind, which is an exit interview -- as i think they describe it -- that obama gave with jeffrey goldberg from the atlantic with this grand survey of his foreign policy, obama in that interview -- this is a quote from the interviews -- he said the fact is that ukraine, which is a nonnative country come as can be vulnerable to military domination by rational matter what we do. that is obama's opinion. he said back then it's not our interest, there's no point doing anything, because russia is going to have its way anyway. in that same interview, obama said that one of the decisions he's most proud of is not enforcing the redline unserious use of chemical weapons. he was proud of that decision paired also in this interview he said the only leader -- the only
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foreign leader at the time that he really respect was angela markel. there isn't a foreign leader more responsible for what speedy pulley five is doing to ukraine then angela merkel, the way she closed on the nuclear power stations, made germany completely dependent on russian energy, angela merkel, more than anyone come as the author of this. obama says she's the one he really had matter admires. he is proud of the redline decision. it's completely outrageous that he's not running around saying i was the tough guy trying to make things worked out he was the exact opposite. he was the one that was hiding behind the inaction of others. he is the most responsible, apart from angela merkel, for sending those signals a weakness to the putin that are responsible for what we're seeing today. figure that's right. another symbol of weakness we have obama cut on a hot mic telling the russian president, will have more flexibility after the election -- let's take a listen. >> my last election a lot more
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flexibility. tomi? >> i remember that well. i was in college at the time. i know a lot of people pass that i think maybe they didn't hear him correctly or was taken out of context. i think it is quite obvious what is going on. but as steve alluded to, we have weakness during the obama administration, the american apology tour started and we had of course president trump who put america first nationally of joe biden on the apology tour is back. weakness is back -- let's talk about the revisionist history. i think this even goes beyond obama and his remarks about russia and ukraine, this goes to the core of what the democrats are really trying to do, gas letting us and flipping the agenda. what we seen for the last two years as democrats flip-flop numerous times and then try to convince us that they haven't. the reason they're able to get away from with it is because the mainstream media, big tech social media, has their back on
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that. i wander in a couple years from now if the democrats are gonna be telling us that they never wanted to shut them the country, they never wanted to mask children, they never wanted to force vaccines, it was all the republicans fault. how many times are we going to hear the democrats try to cast light us in reverse course with politically convenient for them? if only we had a mainstream media in a big tech behemoth that was actually interested in speaking the truth to report it and democrats and the power. >> that's right. what we do have on our side's memory. i remember when the obama administration opposed the men in ski act, which now they embrace and end up signing it into law. without a president certainly demonstrated an absolute weakness against boudin and of flip-flopping. he was always talking at once out of his mouth or the other but we remember all of those points. >> which is why you just listed all the reason that putin invaded crimea in 2014 under president obama's watch. where to go 2015? he went to syria, where he helped to commit many mass
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atrocities in syria. playing those sound bites are just one off like a bell in my head, i remember being on the trump campaign and us looking around each other for two and half years they said our candidate was an asset of russia. they said president donald trump was part of this big dossier and a puppet of russia when the facts suggested otherwise, come of the sanctions, the expelling of russia and dump them out on the west coast of the united states, the fact told a different story. putin sounds like a puppet of russia if you just heard a promising a lot more flexibility after the election, 1980s want their foreign policy back. who is a puppet again? remind me. >> why do we know the answer to the question mr. president, why were you ending in with her hands on the guy, making him promises? like what were you after? because we had it complicit media at the time. i didn't say complementary come i said complicit. it wasn't just that they love him, they wanted to do things for him.
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go ahead and prove me wrong and find a tape race as well the reason i said that was exactly something transparent and true -- like not fall for p.r. spin or any of that, because that would require a follow-up. i need to see the will tape. because we should know the answer to that. he was leaning over, reaching -- like a friend, like a buddy. yeah, i want to know what the genesis was of that relationship. and why it is -- why would even believe obama was telling the truth? do they know each other well enough? remember what reagan said, truth but you have to verify what you get, right? i don't know how we got there without president, but trump has set it and you can say whatever you want about donald trump, he is right about this one thing. how many presidents of the 21st century, besides trump, have not had russia invaded one of their neighbors?
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>> sends media critic has no problem calling the news coverage that he claims is biased, but watch what happened when the tables were turned on him by a college freshman. >> they pushed the russian collusion host, they push the justice's mullet host, they smeared justice kavanaugh as a, they also smeared him as her they dismiss the hunter biden laptop affair is disinformation with mainstream corporate journalist becoming little more
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than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime. he finally declared that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead, or no longer operative. all of the mistakes of the mainstream media and cnn in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction. are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence? or is there something else behind it? >> it's time for lunch. i think you're describing a different channel than the one that i watch. but i understand that that is a popular right-wing narrative about cnn. to your question about sharing those kinds of connections and trust we don't talk about it enough. we don't share that reality, but how that happens. with regard to the regime i think you mean president biden, last time i spoke with the biden aid we yelled at each other. >> it's time for lunch, brian seltzer, i bet it is. >> when is it not time for lunch in his world? what's so disheartening about
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that is for a college freshman who had a genuine question, a genuine, articulate question the most people in america have, the answer he got was defective, defensive, unserious bids in the factory set to come over and talk to about it later. why can't we hear in front of the microphone? some type of explanation and addressing of that laundry list of disinformation, the hypocrisy peddled by the network, and then sitting on their thinking is individual defense at all got yelled out on the biden administration person. that's just a zero and ten answer that was disheartening but not surprising. >> and he said -- i don't hear a lot of admission from cnn, harris. >> the disinformation is more than a screwup. again, i used this word, the complicity between liberal media and the social tech giant is just unbelievable. it's harmful to free speech
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actually. it is in god. so you want to distance yourself from that if you made a mistake in regard to have anything to do with that. they haven't done that. jake tapper come i mention this before, he's done a good job of leaning in and covering the story is its unfolding now. the important part of the story centered around that laptop -- if you denied that it had any if you sing the tune of the white house who are guilty. not by association, by your own in action. not just a pick on him, may be had to go and figure out what the execs wanted him to say. >> that's very true. speaking of this ironically named disinformation -- it was ironic indeed. the moderator seems to have a tactic, remember yesterday, the hunter biden story we covered were they were asked by another college freshman hey, why did you cover the hunter biden
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laptop in the atlantis reports it is not interesting. >> it's to bed, time for lunch. >> are going to talk more about this. standby. i think we've run out of time -- >> i bet they run out of time, steve, exactly, they just can't stand the truth about who they are and how they operate being pointed out to them. the student there did such a great job. it's impossible i think to better that, but i would just point out that it's going on all the time, we can add to that list all the time. just recently we saw the narrative question about journalism missing hours of trumps phone records they were all missing. turns out to be total misinformation. i think even jake tapper, harris was pushing that one until it
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was totally debunked. i think the response is so interesting for all the rest of them. and while you pointed out because it just exposes the total smugness, the sanctimony, the self-righteousness, and those total lack of self-awareness. they genuinely believe that they are the one standing up and truth and democracy and honest reporting. and everyone else's propaganda and state run media. they are the state run media are the ones who are biden propagandists 24/7 as they just can't stand it when people pointed out. >> the moderators, they were dancing questions. >> do you think the media acted inappropriately when they instantly dismissed hunter biden's laptop is disinformation? speak all of the mistakes of the mainstream media, and cnn in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction. are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence?
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or is there something else behind it? >> tomi? they expressed these of the white house press corps. >> listen to someone who speaks a lot on college campuses i want to commend these individuals for speaking out. it is so hard to do on college campuses in workplaces and peer groups to be unabashedly conservative, or even just a question the narrative. good for them for doing that. that's what we need more of. we often don't talk about the problems in the media and the narratives and the complacency of the media and we complain about it, but the solution to it is students like that that are willing to press, they are willing to lean in. we need more of it. that is the solution to this. that is how we change. there is a silver lining to all of this, it's that may be young people are finally getting fed up enough to change things for the better. that is what we need in our media. i hope those two are going into media. they will save it. more like them well as well. >> i'm impressed by these two young men. that was very well done. >> you're saying when you're
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facing dominic the prosecutor in the white house you weren't facing a lot of these questions? but no, right? that is what we are talking about. it's our job as journalists to be oppositional. at times to be optimum additional you want to ask the questions that bring about the most fact. does not always come for the ball to do that. it is hard. i appreciate learning more about what you faced, because i know the job as press secretary, whether it's jen psaki or who it is, is not easy. it is made better when you're pressed. >> it reminds me of the pentagon press corps, they were phenomenal. our own jennifer chris -- all of them from all of the networks, really good questions. >> such consistent high caliber quality and thoughtful questions that touch on data points, just like that. i think it's unfortunate that what has been normalized, and my opinion, what the white house press corps is just these pandering, softball questions. or that have nothing to do with
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the purpose of whatever is the conference in that moment. the briefing, the top of mind on american's, those questions. thoughtful, articulate, respectful. i wish we had more of that. >> let's go live to the white house now i believe the president is speaking at this point. judge ketanji brown jackson kamani johnson's nomination to the u.s. supreme court. let's watch. >> the confirmation of the next justice of the united states supreme court, judge ketanji brown jackson. [cheers and applause]
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>> president george washington once referred to america as a great experiment. a nation founded on the previously untested belief that the people, we the people, could form a more perfect union. that belief has pushed our nation forward for generations. it is that belief that we reaffirmed yesterday. [applause] through the confirmation of the first black woman to the united states supreme court. [cheers and applause] and, judge jackson, you will
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inspire generations of leaders. they will watch your confirmation hearing, and read your decisions. in the years to come the court will answer fundamental questions about who we are and what kind of country we live in. will we expand opportunity or restricted? will we? strengthen the foundations of our great democracy? or let them crumble? will we move forward or backward? the young leaders of our nation will learn from the experience, the judgment, the wisdom that you, judge jackson, will apply
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in every case that comes before you. they will see, for the first time, for women's sitting on that court at one time. as a point of personal privilege i will share with you, judge jackson, that when i presided over the senate confirmation vote yesterday. while i was sitting there i drafted a note to my goddaughter. i told her that i felt such a deep sense of pride and joy about what this moment means for our nation, and for her future. i will tell you, her braids are just a little bit longer than yours, but as i wrote to her eye told her what i knew this would
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mean for her life and all that she has in terms of her potential. so indeed the road toward our more perfect union is not always straight. and it is not always smooth, but sometimes it leads to a day like today. [applause] a day that reminds us what is possible, what is possible when progress is made. and that the journey, while it will always be worth it. so let us not forget that as we celebrate this day we are also here in great part because of one president joe biden. [applause]
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and because of joe biden vision, leadership, and commitment -- a lifelong commitment to building a better america -- and of course we are also here because of the voices and the support of so many out there. many of home are in the audience for today. it's now my extreme and great honor to introduce our president, joe biden. [applause]
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>> president biden: thank you, kamala, the really first smart decision i made in this administration. please sit down, i'm jill's husband and emily biden's grandfather. folks, yesterday -- this is not only a sunny day -- this is going to let so much sun shine on so many young women, so many young minorities, that it is real, it is real. were going to look back not at what we made, working to look back and see this as a moment of real change in american history. i was on the phone this morning, jesse, with the president of south africa and he was talking about how the time when i was so outspoken about what was going
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on in my meeting with nelson mandela. i said you know, i said i'm certainly going to go out -- i'm looking out the window. they call it the south lawn in the white house, i'm going to introduce the world to the first african american woman out of overt 200 judges on the supreme court. he said to me, he said keep it up. were going to keep it up. folks, yesterday we all witnessed a truly historic moment presided over by the vice president. there are moments where people go back in history and their literally stark, fundamental shifts in american policy. today we are joined by the first lady, the second gentleman, the members of the cabinet, the
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senate majority leader, and so many who made this possible. today is a good day. today's a day history will remember. years to come they are going to be proud of what we did. [cheers and applause] i'm serious,, i'm deadly honest when i say that. we'll turn to her children and grandchildren and say i was there. i was there. it's just one of those moments in my opinion. my fellow americans today, i'm honored to officially introduce to you the next associate justice supreme court of the united states, ketanji brown jackson. [cheers and applause] after more than 20 hours of questioning at her hearing, and
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nearly 100 meetings, she made herself available to every single senator that wanted to speak to work. and spoke for more than just a few minutes answering their questions before the committee. we all saw the kind of justice she will be, fair and impartial, thoughtful, careful, precise, brilliant. a brilliant legal mind with deep knowledge of the law. and a judicial temperament, which is equally important in my view, that is calm and in command. and a humility that will allow so many americans to see themselves in ketanji brown jackson. it brings a rare, nation of qualifications to the supreme court. she has served on the second most powerful court in america, former federal public defender -- [cheers and applause] >> president biden: with the
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ability to explain complicated issues in the law in a way that everybody, all people can understand. a new perspective. when i made the commitment to nominate a black woman to the supreme court, i could see this day. i literally could see this day. i thought about it for a long time. jill and ellen would tell you i wasn't gonna run again. when i decided to run this was one of the first decisions i made. i could see it as a day of hope, a day of promise, a day of progress. today were once again the moral mark of the universe, as brock used a quote all of the time, bends a little bit more towards justice. i knew it would not be easy, but i knew the person i nominated would be put through a painful and complicated confirmation process. i have to tell you, what judge jackson has put through was well beyond that. there was verbal abuse, the
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constant interruptions. the most vile, baseless assertions. in the face of it all, judge jackson showed the incredible character and integrity she possesses. [cheers and applause] poised. poised in composure. patience and restraint. yes, perseverance and even joy. even joy. ketanji -- are not going to be calling you that in public anymore. judge, you are the very definition as you have enormous dignity. it communicates to people, it is contagious. it matters. it matters a lot. maybe that's not surprising if you look at who sat behind her
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during those hearings. her husband, dr. patrick jackson. stand up. i know it's embarrassing. [applause] i'm going to tell you what talia said, i said as far as being the daughter and son of a famous person come i said imagine what it's like being president. she said she may be. [laughter] i could not agree more. thank you, thank you. and her brother, a former police officer and a veteran, stand up. he looks like he could still play. he has biceps as big as my calves. thank you, thank you. of course her parents.
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johnny and elroy brown. stand up. [applause] i'll tell you what, mom's rule in my house. you think i'm kidding, i am not. my mom and my wife as well. look, people with deep faith, the deep love of family and country, that is what you represent. who know firsthand mom and dad, the indignity of jim crow. the inhumanity of legal segregation. and you had to overcome so much in your own lives. you saw the strength of parents, the strength of a daughter. it is just worth celebrating. i can't get over mom and dad --
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what you did. and your faith, and never giving up any hope. you both -- about the wonderful son you had, and your daughter. in that sense it lifted up millions of americans who watched you, judge jackson, especially women, and women of color who have had to run the gauntlet in their own lives. so many of my cabinet members are women. women of color, women who represent every segment of the community. it matters. and he stood up for them as well. they know it come everybody out there. every woman out there. am i correct? just like they have. just like they have. same with the female members of congress across the board. look, it's a powerful thing when people can see themselves and others. think about that.
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please -- what's the most powerful thing? i bet everyone of you can go back and think of a timing ally for there was a teacher, a family member, a neighbor, somebody -- somebody who made you believe you could be whatever you want to be. it's a powerful, powerful notion. that's one of the reasons i believe so strongly that we needed a court that looks like america. not just the supreme court. [applause] that's why i'm proud to say with a great help of dick durbin i've nominated more black women judges to the federal supreme court done all previous presidents combined. [cheers and applause] that's why i'm proud that kamala harris is our vice president of the united states. [applause] a brilliant lawyer, attorney general of the state of california, former member of the senate judiciary committee.
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kamala was invaluable during this entire process. and chuck, the majority leader, i want to thank you, pal. he did a massive job keeping the caucus together. getting the vote across in a timely and historic matter. just watching on television yesterday when the vote was taken and the democratic side -- there was such enthusiasm. it was genuine. you can tell when it is real. you can tell when it is real. isn't it incredible, chuck? thank you so much. [applause] because you are all able to sit down and don't have to stand i'm going to go on a little longer and tell you i want to say something about dick durbin again. , i'm telling you. overseeing the hearing, how you executed the strategy, by the hour every day to keep the committee together. you have a very divided committee with some of the most conservative members of the senate on that committee.
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it was especially difficult with an evenly divided senate. dick, i served as chairman of that committee for a number of years before i had this job and the job of vice president. as did all of the democrats -- i think all the democrats on the committee did. every democrat in the senate, all of whom voted for judge jackson. notwithstanding the harassment and attacks at the hearings. i always believed that a bipartisan vote was possible. i hope i don't get him in trouble come i mean this sincerely. i want to think three republicans who voted for judge jackson. [applause] senator collins, she is a woman of integrity. senator murkowski, up for reelection in alaska. and made romney, whose dad stood up like he did. his dad stood up and made the decision about civil rights. they deserve an enormous credit
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for setting aside partisanship and making a carefully considered judgment based on the candidate's character. i truly admire the diligence and hard work they showed in the process. as someone who has overseen more supreme court nominations than anybody alive today, i believe that respect for the process is important. that is why it was so important to me to meet the constitutional requirement to seek the advice and the consent of the senate. the advice before hand, and the consent. judge jackson start of the nominating process with an impressive range of support from the fop, to the civil rights leaders. even republican appointed judges came forward. in fact judge jackson was introduced at the hearing by judge thomas griffin, distinguished retired judge appointed by george w. bush. she finished the hearing with among the highest levels of
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support of the american people of any nomination in recent memory. [cheers and applause] soon judge jackson will join the united states supreme court and like every justice, the decisions you make will impact the lives of those of america for a lot longer than any laws that we all make. the truth is, she's already impacting the lives of so many americans. during the hearing, spoke about a custodial worker who works the night shift at the capital. her name is verona clements. verona, where are you? stand up, verona, if you don't mind. she told them what this nomination meant to her. we invited ms. clements two attend the hearing because she wanted to see in standby judge jackson. thank you, verona.
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at our meeting with judge jackson senator duckworth introduced her to 11-year-old vivian. that's her, that's her sister, she's pointing. she was so inspired by the hearing she wants to be a supreme court justice when she grows up. god loves you, stand up here to my going to embarrass you by asking you to stand up? come on, stand up. [applause] there's tens of thousands of these all throughout the united states. she met judge jackson and saw her future. thank you for coming today. i know i embarrassed you by introducing you, thank you. people of every generation and every background felt this moment. and they feel it now. they feel a sense of pride and hope and belonging and believing.
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that's the american experiment. justice breyer talked about it when he came to the white house to announce his retirement from the court. he is to technically work with me when i was on the judiciary community. that's before he became a justice. he's a man of great integrity. he's a a patriot, and a great justice for the supreme court. folks -- [applause] -- let me close with what i've long side. america is a nation that can be defined in a single word. in the foothills of the himalayas with xi jinping -- we were sitting alone. i had an interpreter and he had an interpreter. he looked at me with all serious
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and said can you define america with me. i said yes i can, in one word, possibilities. possibilities. in america everyone should be able to go as far as their hard work and god-given talent will take them, and possibilities. were the only one spare that's why we are viewed as the ugly americas, we think anything is possible. the idea that a young girl who was dissuaded from being -- from thinking she should apply to harvard law school, don't raise your hope so high -- i don't know who told you that but i like to go back and invite them to the supreme court so they can see where you ended up. look, even the supreme court of the united states of america. now, folks, it's my honor -- and it truly is an honor, one that i been looking forward to for a while -- to introduce you to the
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next associate justice of the united states supreme court. the honorable ketanji brown jackson. [cheers and applause] thank you, thank you all. thank you all very much. thank you. thank you so much, mr. president. it is the greatest honor of my life to be here with you at this moment standing before my wonderful family, many of my close friends, your distinguished staff and guests, and the american people. over these past few weeks you've heard a lot from me and about me
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so i hope to use this time primarily to do something that i have not had sufficient time to do which is to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many, many people who have helped me as part of this incredible journey. i have quite a few people to thank and as i'm sure you can imagine in this moment it is hard to find the words to express the depth of my gratitude. first as always, i have to give thanks to god for delivering me as promised and for sustaining me throughout this nomination and confirmation process. as i said at the outset, i have come this far by faith and i know that i am truly blessed. to the many people who have lifted me up in prayer since the
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nomination, thank you. i am very grateful. thank you as well, mr. president, for believing in me and for honoring me with this extraordinary chance to serve our country. thank you also, madam vice president, for your wise counsel and steady guidance and thank you to the first lady and the second gentleman for the care and warmth that you have shown me and my family. i would also like to extend my thanks to each member of the senate. you have fulfilled the important constitutional role of providing advice and consent under the leadership of majority leader schumer, and i'm especially grateful for the work of the members of the senate judiciary committee under chairman durbin's skillful leadership. [applause]
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as you may have heard during the confirmation process i had the distinct honor of having 95 personal meetings with 97 sitting senators. and we had substantive and engaging conversations about my approach to judging and about the role of judges in the constitutional system we all love. as a brief aside, i will note these are subjects about which i care deeply. i have dedicated my career to public service because i love this country and our constitution and the rights that make us free. i also understand from my many years of practice as a legal advocate, as a trial judge, and as a judge on a court of appeals, that part of the genius of the constitutional framework of the united states is its design, and that the framers


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