Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Sunday that Supreme Court justices should be charged if they lie about their stance Roe v. calf during their confirmation negotiations.
After the Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark case guaranteeing women abortion rights, attention turned to statements made by conservative judges during their confirmation hearings, as many of them claimed they believed the case was settled by law – only to go ahead and declare it unconstitutional.
During their confirmation hearings, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh called the case an “important precedent,” leading some senators to believe they would uphold the case, and they voted through.
Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, accused the justices of lying under oath and warned that not standing would send a “glaring signal” to future Supreme Court nominees that they could lie in order to defend their position Get endorsement during an appearance on NBC News. Meet the press.
“If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the country’s highest court, and then without basis — if you read these opinions, without basis — issue judgments that violate the human and civil rights of the majority deeply undermining the Americans, we need to see this through,” she said.
She argued that there must be “consequences” for the “deeply destabilizing action and hostile takeover of democratic institutions.”
Taking to Twitter, the lawmaker added that Congress “has a responsibility to protect our democracy” by “holding to account those in power who break the law.” She added: “Without it, the rule of law can slip through our hands like sand through loose fingers.”
However, neither the House nor Senate Judiciary Committees have publicly commented on the possibility of impeachment. news week reached out to House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, for comment.
During his 2017 hearing, Gorsuch said, “I would tell you that Roe v. calf, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It has been reconfirmed. A good judge will treat it as precedent from the US Supreme Court, which precedent should be treated like any other.”
Kavanaugh said in his 2018 hearing, “It is Supreme Court precedent that entitles respect under the rigid decision principles. The Supreme Court has recognized abortion rights since 1973 Roe v. calf Case. It’s reiterated it many times.”
Senators Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, and Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, voted for both candidates but have expressed that they felt misled by their statements about them Roe v. calf precedent was.
“I trusted Judges Gorsuch and Judges Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. calf set legal precedent, and I am alarmed that they have chosen to reject the stability that the ruling has created for two generations of Americans,” Manchin said in a statement Friday.
Meanwhile, Collins also said on Friday: “This decision contradicts what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and in their meetings with me, where they both insisted on the importance of upholding longstanding precedents that the country relied on. “
news week has also reached out to Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.
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