Joe Biden’s VP Kamala Harris admitted she is ‘open to court packing’ in resurfaced interview
JOE Biden’s vice president pick Kamala Harris admitted she is "open to court packing" in a resurfaced interview.
The older interview was reappeared after she did not answer in a debate against Mike Pence if Democrats would pack the court.
Alexander Burns, a reporter with the New York Times, revealed the Democratic Senator of California said last year she's open to the idea.
"Senator Harris told me in an interview, actually, that she was absolutely open to doing that," Burns said during a Thursday episode of the newspaper's podcast.
"But we've not heard her reiterate that recently.
"So I think for them there is this balancing act of they don't want to alienate moderate voters, they also don't want to send a demoralizing signal to their own party."
The questions over "court packing" came after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The term "packing the court" means that a president would add more seats to the Supreme Court.
Having more Democrat – or Republican – appointed justices may give the respective party more favorable outcomes in rulings.
What does ‘packing the court’ mean?
The term originated with President Franklin D Roosevelt’s Judicial Procedures Reform Bill in 1937
FDR's bill called for adding more justices to the Supreme Court in an effort to obtain a favorable ruling for the New Deal legislation.
The bill wanted to reform the number of Supreme Court justices in an effort to obtain a favorable ruling for the New Deal legislation.
The central provision of the bill would have granted the president power to appoint an additional justice to the Supreme Court – up to a maximum of six – for every member of the court over the age of 70 years and six months.
Prior to 1989 there were only six justices.
The Constitution does not have a set number on how many judges should serve on the Supreme Court.
However, many lawmakers at the time felt that Roosevelt’s legislation was and coined the term “court-packing plan” when they discussed the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill.
It did not receive support and some viewed it as “political maneuvering” on Roosevelt's part to get his deal plan to pass.
This first originated with the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 when President Franklin D Roosevelt wanted more seats on the court to pass the New Deal legislation.
Under the Constitution, there is no set number of seats on the Supreme Court.
There are currently nine seats, with one vacant after Ginsburg's death.
Democrats and Republicans have both debated with the close date to the election, if President Trump should be allowed to nominate someone to fill the vacant seat.
Days before her death, Ginsburg herself said it was her "most fervent wish" that her seat would not be filled until after a new president is appointed, NPR reported.
Biden has said with the close date, the winner of the presidential election and next senators should pick the seat.
Democratic New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez meanwhile, claimed Democrats must consider impeaching President Trump and Attorney General William Barr to halt the nomination.
Trump and many other Republicans, meanwhile, argue that it's the President's job to choose a pick.
Trump on September 26 nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the empty seat.
If the hearings proceed with the Republican nominee, it's speculated if Biden wins the presidency if he'll try to pack the court to get more Democrat-nominated justices.
The president's son, Donald Jr, has slammed the possibility of Democrats packing the court.
"It's clear that If Biden wins the WH, Dems will immediately move to pack the courts to increase their political power," he tweeted.
"As part of their power-grab, Dems will undoubtedly move to get rid of the 2nd Amendment. Don't let these leftwing radicals get away with it, vote Trump!!! #MAGA."
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