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We’re taking a brief detour from Capitol Hill to the White House’s James Brady Press Briefing Room, where national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke to reporters ahead of Joe Biden’s trip to Europe on Wednesday, where he will meet with Nato and European Union leaders in Brussels and then go to Poland, amid the devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He said that Russia “is never going to take Ukraine away from the Ukrainian people” and that “they are never going to complete their mission to subjugate this country.”

Sullivan noted that with Nato and Europe “we are unwavering in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty”, no matter the outcome of day to day military conflict or Russian efforts to occupy territory.He also said, in response to a reporter’s question, that in terms of Nato’s Article Five, where an attack on one member is considered an attack on all, that held also for a cyber attack.

And Sullivan said that since Joe Biden’s almost two-hour long call with Chinese president Xi Jinping last week, in which the US president warned his counterpart not to accede to Russian requests for assistance in its war on Ukraine, the US has not become aware of “the provision of any military equipment by China to Russia”.

He added that Biden intended to consult with allies at his meetings later this week to ensure a tightening of unity on this topic, ahead of a planned summit between European and Chinese leaders next month.It was a short briefing, without press secretary Jen Psaki, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

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Jen Psaki said she is experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for coronavirus, and she will work from home until her isolation period ends and she receives a negative test result.

The news of Psaki’s Covid diagnosis came as White House reporters were waiting for the start of her daily briefing, and the announcement caught the press off-guard, according to Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Epstein.

Jennifer Epstein
(@jeneps)

This tweet arrived as reporters and photographers filled the briefing room awaiting her briefing. Everyone was obviously caught off guard. https://t.co/rONpXCFnNn


March 22, 2022

Jen Psaki
(@PressSec)

A complete professional and great colleague. Thanks to @chrismeagher46 for jumping in today with hardly any notice. (Also sorry the podium is so low) https://t.co/9IEnrm7f53


March 22, 2022

In a bizarre coincidence, this is the second time that a positive coronavirus test result has prevented Psaki from joining Joe Biden on an international trip. The press secretary first tested positive for the virus in the fall, right before Biden was scheduled to leave for Rome, Italy, to attend the G-20 summit.

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Psaki tests positive for Covid-19

Jen Psaki has tested positive for Covid, just one day before the White House press secretary was supposed to travel with Joe Biden to Brussels, Belgium.
“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning,” Psaki said in a statement. “That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe.”

Jen Psaki
(@PressSec)

Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe.


March 22, 2022

Psaki noted Biden took a coronavirus test today, which was negative. Biden has been consistently testing since last week, when the president spent time with the Irish taoiseach just before the prime minister tested positive.

”I had two socially-distanced meetings with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance,” Psaki added.

Biden is scheduled to leave tomorrow for Brussels, where he will meet with Nato allies and European leaders to discuss the war in Ukraine. He will then travel on to Warsaw, Poland.








Senate judiciary committee chair and Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin had something to say at the top of the afternoon session.

He expanded on the point we just posted about, whether, as Texas Republican John Cornyn just charged, Kentani Brown Jackson previously called president George W Bush and his then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld war criminals.

Durbin made clear that, while she was a public defender, Jackson filed several habeas petitions naming Bush and Rumsfeld in their official capacities when she was arguing on behalf of civilians being held at Guantanamo Bay who claimed they were wrongly classified as enemy combatants.

Durbin said that Jackson filed the petitions as part of her responsibility and they included claims for relief by the detainees as a result of them being tortured, which they considered and Jackson argues in her filings, is a war crime.

“There was no time when you called President Bush or Donald Rumsfeld a war criminal,” Durbin said.

Jackson thanked Durbin for making the clarification.








Some observations from those watching the hearings.

Sherrilyn Ifill
(@Sifill_LDF)

#KetanjiBrownJackson’s parents, John & Ellery, are standing in for so many of Black parents (living & passed on) in their pride & satisfaction that their hard work, sacrifice, and love have resulted in a moment when their children have reached their highest potential. pic.twitter.com/WDuJqGQKyW


March 21, 2022

Role model to the lawyers of tomorrow.

Marianne Williamson
(@marwilliamson)

Women and girls are gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court today to support the appointment of #ketanjiBrownJackson. This one is perfect🥰 pic.twitter.com/7I3SB56zD9


March 21, 2022

A moment for feelings.

🇺🇸🌻🇺🇦 Thee Catherine #StandWithUkraine 💉💉💉
(@CMargaronis)

#KetanjiBrownJackson telling Patrick what a wonderful husband and best friend that he has been, as he wipes away his tears. This is so lovely. Their daughter is beaming with pride. 💗#SCOTUSnominee pic.twitter.com/UKwxSvGjSu


March 21, 2022

Classic Lindsey Graham calculated-combustion for the cameras (about whether detainees should ever be released from Guantanamo).

Lauren Burke
(@LVBurke)

Mr. Lindsey Due Process Graham when it’s #brettkavanaugh said this today… @ElieNYC @StacyBrownMedia @rolandsmartin #KetanjiBrownJackson pic.twitter.com/rw6GHzuE2W


March 22, 2022

To which someone said this:

Ahmed Baba
(@AhmedBaba_)

As Lindsey Graham gives his opening statement, a reminder that he voted to confirm #KetanjiBrownJackson to be a Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia literally last June


March 21, 2022

Aaaaand, Kerry Washington.

kerry washington
(@kerrywashington)

#KetanjiBrownJackson is making history today. Retweet and show her some ❤️😍


March 21, 2022

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Ketanji Brown Jackson was peppered with questions from Republicans on the Senate judiciary committee about her previous representation of certain suspected terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

And John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, asked her about a reference to war crimes by the Bush administration at that time, when she was a public defender (something GoP members are constantly signaling is, by itself, in their views very controversial…)

Here’s some fresh context:

Daniel Dale
(@ddale8)

Looked up the context for Judge Jackson’s accusation about US leaders committing war crimes. It was in a filing that alleged a Gitmo client had been tortured. She argued that directing, ordering, ratifying, conspiring in this mistreatment were war crimes. https://t.co/Ly9lVeltTv pic.twitter.com/6BSJPdPv9L


March 22, 2022

The hearing is about to restart. White House press secretary Jen Psaki is also due to hold her daily media briefing very shortly.















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