The New York Times reports that President Biden will order the formation of a commission to investigate the Supreme Court enlargement, an idea that many have called “court wrapping.”
Biden, the Times said, “will order a 180-day trial of adding seats to the Supreme Court to deliver on campaign year promise … the potentially explosive subjects of extending the court or setting term limits,” according to White House officials to investigate for judges. “
The panel is jointly chaired by Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign attorney, and includes members such as far-right legal scholar Laurence Tribe and Caroline Fredrickson, former president of the American Constitution Society.
According to a Politico column earlier this year, Fredrickson “has indicated that she has intellectual support for ideas like expanding the court”.
The panel will also have Conservative members.
The commission is tasked with “examining the history of the court, previous changes in the process of appointing judges and the possible consequences for changing the size of the country’s highest court,” according to the New York Times.
BREAKING: Biden is forming a commission to investigate the “expansion” of the Supreme Court
Did he think he was “not a fan” of trials? pic.twitter.com/MElcWZoaIX
– Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 9, 2021
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Rumors of court hearings are ongoing
The extreme left has made it clear that it will at least consider grabbing the Supreme Court to blunt the decision of the conservative majority.
The New York Times repeatedly notes former President Trump’s “conservative mark” in court as a reason to consider such an extreme move.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were cautious about their intentions on the matter during the campaign.
Biden would not disclose his position per se until after the election, but warned that he would convene a national commission to investigate reforms for the Supreme Court.
He seems to be keeping that promise.
“We are about to have a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” Harris later told Politico. “We have to take on this challenge straight away, and that’s everything on the table.”
It seemed pretty obvious we were headed here regardless of the evasive maneuvers that came from the future White House residents.
WATCH: In an interview with Joe Biden for @ 60Minutes, @CBSEveningNews’ @NorahODonnell Biden expressed his position on what is known as “court packing”. It is a controversial proposal that would add judges to the Supreme Court from its current nine judges.
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– CBS this morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 22, 2020
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An idea from Bonehead
The New York Times report mentions how conservatives denounced the trial by comparing it to a similar failed effort by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
Biden himself referred to these efforts of the FDR during a hearing of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate in 1983 as the “Bonehead idea”.
“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to propose to the United States Senate and Congress to grab the court,” argued Biden.
He continued, “But it was a mindless idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake. “
“It challenged the independence of the most important body when the United States Supreme Court for a whole decade … in this country,” he declared definitively.
Doocy Time !!!
Peter Doocy asks Jen Psaki why President Biden should set up a commission to expand the Supreme Court when he said in 1983 that it was “a headless idea when the FDR tried it”. pic.twitter.com/QQAim1c2ri
– Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 9, 2021
Another person who opposed the FDR’s move was the late judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In an interview with NPR in 2019, Ginsburg turned down the idea of expanding the court.
“Nine seems like a good number. It’s been like that for a long time, ”she said, adding,“ I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to grab the court. “
One “bad idea” and another “bonehead idea” – President Biden will of course look into it.
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