President Trump’s announcement of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court fueled a heated debate. The Republican Party promises to quickly set up a new judiciary, what Dems calls hypocrites.
Congressional Democrats have urged the GOP to wait until the general election, just 38 days away, to allow the American public to decide who should nominate the next Supreme Court Justice – a sentiment Ginsburg has reportedly expressed.
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Democrats have hinted at their strategy of fighting back against Trump’s third candidate for the Supreme Court.
“Let me be clear, if Leader McConnell and the Senate Republicans keep doing this, nothing will be off the table for next year,”
“Nothing is off the table,” he added.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi made headlines this week by pointing out a strategy Democrats could use to block Trump’s candidates – impeachment.
In an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Pelosi was urged whether Democrats would use impeachment as a tactic to delay the affirmation of a Supreme Court justice – the spokesman didn’t oppose the idea.
“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not going to talk about right now, but the fact is, we have a great challenge in our country, ”said Pelosi. “This president has threatened not to accept the election results even with statements made by him and his henchmen.”
“At the moment our main goal is and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants this to be to protect the integrity of the elections,” added Pelosi.
In 2016, the GOP blocked President Obama’s attempt to nominate Merrick Garland after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February of that year – citing concerns it was an election year.
Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, pushed back immediately, saying, “She might think she has a quiver. We also.”
“I’m going to give you that one promise … if she tries to seek impeachment on the basis of the President under the Constitution, I think there will be one step on the ground no longer having her – whether or not she is spokeswoman, McCarthy said during a press conference Wednesday.
Trump said he welcomed any second round of impeachment attempts and told a crowd at a rally in Ohio this week, “Go ahead … I want them to do it.”
Democrats also threatened to add more seats to the Supreme Court if they should retake the Senate.
There is currently no limit to the number of judges who can sit on the Supreme Court at any given time, although nine judges have become the norm over the past 151 years.
House Justice Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., posted a tweet threatening the move after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the GOP was moving forward despite his previous concerns it was an election year will.
“If Senator McConnell and @SenateGOP get a candidate through during the Lame Duck session – before a new Senate and president can take office – the new Senate should immediately expand the Supreme Court,” wrote Nadler.
Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass, reiterated this suggestion, writing that “Mitch McConnell set the precedent.”
” No Supreme Court vacancies were filled in an election year. If [Senate Majority Leader McConnell] If Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we need to get rid of the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court. ”
Supreme Court justices are supposed to be impartial, but the White House and Congress have traditionally appointed judges who they believe will interpret the Constitution in a way that reflects their political beliefs.
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There are currently five judges appointed by Republican presidents, while currently only three judges are sustained under Democratic presidents.
If Trump is able to successfully get his candidate across the finish line, the standing would be six to three, with twice as many Conservative judges.
Republicans have opposed calls to add more seats to the Supreme Court and condemned it as an attempt to “grab the court,” although Democratic lawmakers have not made it clear how many seats they think should be added.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, passed a bill earlier this week that provides for an official statement that allows only nine judges at a time to keep one party from “grabbing” the court.
The Democratic Committee plans to spend $ 16 million on legislative races in key states
Democratic institutions have also invested millions in the state parliament elections this fall, as they urge to convert red seats to blue.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) on Friday announced its plan to spend $ 16 million on voting elections, adding to the $ 35 million spent that cycle.
The funds will be spent trying to elect Democrats in 17 battlefield states, including Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.
The efforts could prove effective if they are able to swap seats in the Senate and regain control. Democrats would still have to find a way to prevent a Supreme Court from being confirmed during the post-election Lame Duck session, as the Senate’s new freshmen class won’t set up until January 3, 2021.
Mark Kelly, who is running as a Democrat in a special election in Arizona against incumbent Republican candidate Martha McSally, could be nominated as early as late November if he wins.
This would mean that the current Republican-controlled Senate would lose a seat between 53 and 47 and possibly a vote in the confirmation process.
Republican sense. Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, have stated that they do not support the rush to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice ahead of the general election – although neither of them has confirmed how they will vote.
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The Senate would have to lose another moderate Republican vote for the Democrats to successfully block the affirmation. Otherwise, Vice President Mike Pence will break the tie and uphold the judiciary’s appointment.
Conservative factions have announced plans to invest up to $ 35 million in support of Trump’s third election to the Supreme Court.
Trump is expected to announce his candidate on Saturday evening.