Biden refused to answer on the campaign trail if he would pack the court. He even said the American people don’t deserve to know his position on the matter.
But since SCOTUS currently leans 5-4 conservative (though, four of the five justices sometimes side with the liberal minority), Joe is now making it clear that he’s planning to bump up the total from nine.
The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.
The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel’s office and filled out with the behind-the-scenes help of the Biden campaign’s lawyer Bob Bauer, who will co-chair the commission. Its specific mandate is still being decided. But, in a signal that the commission is indeed moving ahead, some members have already been selected, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.
Among those who will be on the commission are Cristina Rodríguez, a professor at Yale Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Department of Justice, who will join Bauer as co-chair. Caroline Fredrickson, the former president of the American Constitution Society, and Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and a former assistant attorney general in the Bush Department of Justice, will also serve on the commission, those familiar with discussions said.Advertisement - story continues below
Fredrickson has hinted that she is intellectually supportive of ideas like court expansion. In 2019, she said in an interview with Eric Lesh, the executive director of the LGBT Bar Association and Foundation of Greater New York: “I often point out to people who aren’t lawyers that the Supreme Court is not defined as ‘nine person body’ in the Constitution, and it has changed size many times.”
Here’s some random Biden news…
.@AOC tells MSNBC she's "extraordinarily encouraged" by Biden's action on climate so far
She said it proves "he meant what he said on the campaign trail" and is approaching the issue with "good faith openness and relationship with grassroots activists"
— Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) January 28, 2021
President Biden is assembling a national security team with an unusually ambitious agenda to negotiate new arms control treaties, scale back the nuclear arsenal, and review decades of military doctrinehttps://t.co/cAdc7gyThe
— POLITICO (@politico) January 28, 2021
Rep. Joaquin Castro is urging President Biden to allow DACA recipients to get health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, particularly the more than 200,000 recipients who are essential workers. – @NBCLatino https://t.co/ipaW8CSeHt
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 28, 2021
Today @JoeBiden announced that he is committing to a historic society-wide mobilization to stop the climate crisis, create millions of good jobs, and roll back centuries of systemic environmental racism.
Many of the things we have been fighting for became a reality including:
— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) January 28, 2021
Something tells us the press will be way too busy licking Joe Biden’s hand to fact-check this total whopper https://t.co/A8FTiiHOvS
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 28, 2021