The White House has had to retract several of President Biden’s statements recently, but this time the roles have reversed.
When Biden was asked if he watch the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings with Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson Monday, he replied, “I didn’t get a chance to see any of it, unfortunately.”
This was in contradiction to what Deputy Press Secretary Chris Meagher claimed last week, telling reporters the president had seen “portions” of the hearings.
“The president watched portions of Judge Jackson’s hearing yesterday and today and is proud of the way she is showcasing her extraordinary qualifications, her experience, and her even-handedness. Her dedication to following the facts, the law, and our Constitution as an independent judge is clear,” Meagher said at the time. “He was also moved by the grace and dignity she has shown, the deference to senators, and the level of detail she is offering, reinforcing the value of her experience, her intellect, and the strength of her character.”
Meagher even mentioned moments where Biden was “particularly struck” when Jackson spoke about her family.
“He was also struck by how she swiftly dismantled conspiracy theories put forward in bad faith. They’ve been debunked by numerous fact checks, experts, and the record itself,” Meagher said.
A White House official told Fox News, “He watched clips and read coverage, but not the hearing in full.” But when asked if Biden misspoke after he said he didn’t watch “any” of the hearing, the White House replied, “No.”
JOE BIDEN: "I didn't get a chance to see any of" Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 28, 2022
RANDOM BIDEN STAFFER: "The president watched portions of Judge Jackson's hearing yesterday and today…He was also moved by the grace and dignity she has shown" pic.twitter.com/j6BoZj31Sk