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‘You’ve created confusion deliberately,’ Hawley tells judicial nominee who advised anti-Israel group

Karla Campbell, a nominee for the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, was part of an advisory board at Workers' Dignity.

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Credit: Thomas Lin/Pexels.
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Credit: Thomas Lin/Pexels.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) pressed Karla Campbell, U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, on Thursday about her role of an advisory board at Workers’ Dignity.

“Workers’ Dignity has condemned Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. They have said that Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing,” the senator said. “Do you agree with that?”

“No senator,” Campbell said.

“How can I believe you?” Hawley said. “You just lied under oath a
moment ago.”

“You’ve lied to us up and down on this committee,” he added. “This is a serious problem Ms. Campbell. I have to say, I’ve never seen a witness—never in five years in this committee—sit here and lie to us and change the story person to person.”

Campbell is of counsel at Stranch Jennings & Garvey in Nashville, Tenn., a role she has held since 2022, according to a May 23 White House release. She previously clerked for Judge Jane Stranch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was a lawyer at Watson & Renner in Washington, D.C. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a college degree from the University of Virginia.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based Workers’ Dignity/Dignidad Obrera, which was founded in 2010, states “that transforming society requires working-class people of all races, ages and walks of life to build resilient and democratic organizations capable of disrupting strategic institutions and industries,” per its website.

“Only then will we be able to seize power and shape our own conditions,” it adds.

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