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Are Democrats Planning a Supreme Court Coup?

Liberals are questioning the legitimacy of the soon-to-be Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch. Now a Democratic candidate is calling for the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas.

By NTK Staff | 08.30.2018 @1:30pm
Are Democrats Planning a Supreme Court Coup?

If they retake control of the federal government, Democrats may be laying the groundwork for a number of potential political maneuvers to overthrow the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

High-ranking Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Keith Ellison and Senate Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), have already described Justice Neil Gorsuch’s place on the Supreme Court as “illegitimate.” Angry over the denial of liberal Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination, Democrats could seek to remove Gorsuch. One liberal group has already sounded the alarm for his impeachment.

Senate Democrats used the same “illegitimate” moniker to describe Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to ThinkProgress:

“Any confirmation hearing or vetting process that fails to include and consider Judge Kavanaugh’s complete environmental record,” the [Senate Democrats’] letter continues, “is a hearing that would be uninformed, illegitimate, and an abdication of our constitutional duties.”

Could a charge of illegitimacy foreshadow a Democratic effort to either remove the justices, or resurrect President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s failed court-packing scheme? Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement this summer, Vox compiled a number of influential left-wing publications calling for Democrats to install an unlimited number of their own justices to the Supreme Court.

But some Democrats are going even further. One Massachusetts congressional candidate announced that she would file impeachment charges against Justice Clarence Thomas over the Anita Hill scandal. If State Sen. Barbara L’Italien’s plan is a precursor to larger liberal efforts, Democrats could attempt to remove Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and Thomas from the Court.

Installing their own justices – which would require a Democratic president and, likely, a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, absent constitutional changes – would give liberals a 7-2 edge on the country’s highest legal authority.

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