Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday that will launch a commission to study expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, despite once calling it a “bonehead idea.”
It appears that Joe Biden is gearing up to fundamentally restructure the Judicial Branch. According to the New York Times, the Biden regime has ordered “a 180-day study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, making good on a campaign-year promise to establish a bipartisan commission to examine the potentially explosive subjects of expanding the court or setting term limits for justices.”
BREAKING: Biden forming commission to study "expansion" of the Supreme Court
Thought he was “not a fan" of court-packing? pic.twitter.com/MElcWZoaIX
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This commission will be led by Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign lawyer and former White House counsel for Barack Obama. The panel will also include Obama’s deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel Cristina Rodriguez, leftist legal scholar Laurence Tribe, and former President of the leftist American Constitution Society, Caroline Fredrickson, who according to Politico “has hinted that she is intellectually supportive of ideas like court expansion.”
WATCH: In an interview with Joe Biden for @60Minutes, @CBSEveningNews' @NorahODonnell pressed Biden on his position on so-called "court packing." It's a controversial proposal that would add justices to the Supreme Court, from its current nine.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 22, 2020
Biden has claimed he is “not a fan” of court-packing, but both him and Kamala Harris have refused to clarify their stance on the issue throughout the duration of their campaign. “We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” Harris told Politico. “We have to take this challenge head-on, and everything is on the table to do that.”
The move comes in response to the successful seating of three Supreme Court justices by President Donald Trump, which resulted in the Supreme Court’s conservative leaning to increase to 6-3. However, this increase in conservative justices did not appear to hold any value when constitutional questions concerning evidence of widespread voter fraud were raised following the highly contested 2020 Presidential election, in which the Supreme Court distanced itself from election-related cases.
“Joe Biden will PACK THE COURT. Also, he never gave the answer who his Radical Left Justices will be!” tweeted President Donald Trump in October of 2020. “If Sleepy Joe Biden is actually elected President, the 4 Justices (plus1) that helped make such a ridiculous win possible would be relegated to sitting on not only a heavily PACKED COURT, but probably a REVOLVING COURT as well,” Trump tweeted. “At least the many new Justices will be Radical Left!”
In 1983, Biden once said FDR’s decision to pack the Supreme Court in the 1930’s “was a terrible, terrible mistake to make” because 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.” Since then, pressure from progressive leftist groups appear to have influenced the President into changing his mind.
“I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system, because it’s getting out of whack,” Biden said to CBS News.
Despite efforts by the Biden regime, the eldest member of the Supreme Court has recently voiced concern over court-packing. Justice Stephen Breyer, the senior member of the court’s liberal wing, warned that the move could undermine public trust in the court, as well as the decisions it makes on critical issues. “I hope and expect that the court will retain its authority,” said Justice Breyer. “But that authority, like the rule of law, depends on trust, a trust that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics. Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust.”
Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had also voiced concerns over court packing. “Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said. “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”