Mitch McConnell has attacked President Biden’s new commission set up to study topics that include studying the need for more seats in the Supreme Court. He has termed it a direct attack made on America’s independent judiciary. He has also referred to Justice Ruth Ginsburg’s stand on the issue of expanding beyond nine judges.
Mitch McConnell said that nine was the right number and it has served the nation well through all these years. He also termed President Roosevelt’s plans to crowd the court as ‘bad.’
He believes that the operation and structure of the judicial branch are above any changes and does not require any study on size or any other issues. Mitch McConnell said that successive justices and constitutional scholars have been solid in their affirmation of Justice Ginsburg’s assertion that nine was a good enough number.
Mitch Mcconnell Terms It Court-packing
The Republican leader in the Senate also said that President Biden’s commission was not surprising and chided those who termed a ‘surprise’. He said that the proposal was nothing but court-packing, a highly controversial practice of increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, at times with the intent to sway the leanings of the Court. The Republicans have termed it an assault on the judiciary, and also on the sovereignty and the safety of the nation.
Mitch McConnell was scathing in his assertion that President Biden’s proposal was in line with the liberals’ attempt to interfere in the function of the judiciary. It is a blatant attempt to subvert the independence of the judiciary and coerce its members.
It is a continuation of the attacks that Democrats have always made on the functions of the judiciary, said Mitch McConnell. Any participant, Republican or Democrat, in the proposed commission would be providing credibility to this attack.