Today the White House announced that Biden “will today issue an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate.”
What’s that mean? Joe wants to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. You may remember during the election Biden was asked numerous times about his position on court packing, and he refused to ever answer the question. Looks like we have our answer now.
From the release:
The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals. The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.
Democrats have been calling for packing the U.S. Supreme Court for years. The issue was brought back to the front page when Amy Coney Barrett was nominated and seated in the court last year.
There has been nine Justices of the Supreme Court since 1869, but nowhere in the Constitution does it say how many Justices there should be. If the Democrats were to pack the court and add more Justices, they could easily shift a balance of power in their favor by just appointing as many Justices as it took to agree with them on their issues, effectively ending the check and balance system within our Federal Government.
An old statement from Joe Biden has come back to haunt him. Here’s Biden during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 1983.
“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically, absolutely correct,” Biden told the committee. “But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, if for an entire decade, the independence of the most-significant body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”
Today the only White House reporter who asks real questions, Fox’s Peter Doocy, asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the old comment:
No President has attempted to pack the court since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, when he failed.
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