In a press release from the Boston Globe published Wednesday with the headline “Expand the Supreme Court,” Warren became the latest Democrat to call for more judges beyond the traditional nine, as Conservatives currently have a 6-3 majority.
“I do not come easily to this conclusion, or because I disagree with a particular decision; I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundation of our nation,” Warren wrote, noting threats to eliminate Roe v Wade and a person’s right to choose triggered her decision.
“I have been arguing for years for reforms of ethical practice in the Supreme Court. Judges should not be allowed to receive large checks and all expenses paid travel from extremist right-wing legal groups or go on expensive hunting trips with lawsuits such as appear in court,” wrote Warren. “But the problems of today’s court run deeper than ethical abuses.”
Warren declared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “hijacked the U.S. Supreme Court” by refusing “even a hearing on President Obama’s highly qualified candidate,” citing Merrick Garland.
Garland never received a hearing for the Supreme Court post after Obama unsuccessfully nominated him in an election year in 2016.
“Four years later, [McConnell] reached new heights of hypocrisy as he turned the tide – a breach of his own ‘rule’ blocking votes for judges in an election year – to hit the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett just days before President Biden’s election, “Warren wrote. . “This Republican Court. “packaging has undermined the legitimacy of any action taken by the current court.”
Warren argued that the court now “leans toward extremism and bias” and has not restored Americans’ confidence in an independent judiciary.
“This radical court has overturned centuries-old restrictions on campaign financing and opened the floodgates for companies to spend unlimited sums on buying our choices. for equal protection by upholding a racist Muslim ban.It has distorted the law to deny Americans their right to a day in court, despite the clear intent of Congress.And it has spoiled one of the most important civil rights laws of our time, Voting Rights Act, not once, but twice, “Warren wrote.
“Without reform, the court’s 6-3 conservative super-majority will continue to threaten fundamental freedoms for decades to come,” she continued. “The fact that the Supreme Court is even considering questions to repeal decades of statutory law jeopardizes the fundamental principle of the rule of law. But recent decisions by conservative judges and their apparent appetite to overturn decades of precedent underscore one important truth: The lawlessness of this court is a strong threat to our democracy and our country. “
Warren called on Congress to “exercise its constitutional authority to rectify” the Supreme Court in order to uphold the rule of law.
“To restore the balance and integrity of a destroyed institution, Congress must expand the Supreme Court by four or more seats,” she wrote. “Some are against the idea of extending the court. They have argued that extension is ‘court-filled’, that it would start an endless cycle of adding judges to the court and that it would undermine the integrity of the court.
They are wrong. And their concerns do not reflect the seriousness of the Republican hijacking of the Supreme Court. “
President Biden’s presidential commission for the Supreme Court recently finalized their 288-page report on what the Supreme Court reform would look like, but took no position on the court’s package.
Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.