Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that impeaching President Trump and Attorney General William Barr are potential options for Democrats to stop the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.
“I believe that certainly there has been an enormous amount of lawbreaking in the Trump administration. I believe that Attorney General Barr is unfit for office and that he has pursued potentially lawbreaking behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That being said, these are procedures and decisions that are largely up to House Democratic leadership. But I believe that also we must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”
The New York Democrat’s remarks largely align with those of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who hinted Sunday that impeachment is just one of the tools Democrats could use to stall the nomination process.
“We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, that requires us to use every arrow in our quiver,” Pelosi said.
Trump has vowed to move quickly to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and even promised the nomination of a woman.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will hold a vote this session on the nominee.
Democrats have urged Republicans to wait until after the election to nominate a new justice, citing the precedent Republicans set in 2016 by refusing to hold hearings on a new nominee during an election year. Along with impeachment, some Democrats are threatening to pack the Supreme Court with more justices in 2021 should Trump continue with the nomination process.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Examiner: AOC threatens impeachment of Trump and Barr to stop Supreme Court nominee