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Gillibrand on SCOTUS: Justices ‘Are No Longer Public Servants,’ Court Open to Major Reforms

"They are no longer public servants in the way we have always imaged them to be," Gillibrand said of Supreme Court justices during an interview on Tuesday.

By NTK Staff | 01.23.2019 @10:23am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said that Supreme Court justices are “no longer public servants,” and seemed open to imposing major reforms to the Court, including adding justices to the bench to advance her agenda, if elected president.

During an interview on “Pod Save America” on Tuesday, host Jon Favreau asked Gillibrand what she thought about the idea that the next Democratic president should consider reforming the Supreme Court by either potentially adding seats or possibly term-limiting justices.

“Well, they are interesting ideas that I would need to think more about. But I do think what President Trump has done to the Judiciary is shocking and is so destructive,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand then told Favreau that she thought both of President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments were “disqualified,” in her opinion, because of their records.

Favreau then asked Gillibrand whether she thought the Supreme Court needs reform.

“It does,” Gillibrand said. “The fact that a Supreme Court justice can be wined and dined by a special interest, [can] have junkets paid for where they can be lobbied incessantly by the wealthy special interests, I think we have to make that illegal.”

“I’d be very interested in looking at a very significant transparency agenda for the Supreme Court because I do not think they are held accountable,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand then told Favreau that since Bush v. Gore, she no longer believes that the Supreme Court is above partisan politics.

“I do believe we need a full transparency agenda put in place for them because they are no longer public servants in the way we have always imaged them to be,” Gillibrand said.

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