President Joe Biden will appoint a commission to investigate potential Supreme Court amendments, including whether to increase the number of judges, which is a central aim of Democratic Party leftists, or impose term limits on justices.
According to a statement released by the White House on Friday, the order would establish “the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, consisting of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate.”
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Former federal judges and attorneys who have argued before the Supreme Court will be on the stand, as well as “advocates for the reform of democratic institutions and the administration.”
After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg late last year, calls to enlarge the Supreme Court reached a fever pitch. After appointing Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, then-President Donald Trump confirmed Amy Coney Barrett, giving the court a 6–3 conservative tilt.
Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel for former President Barack Obama, and Yale Law School professor Cristina Rodriguez, who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration’s Office of Legal Counsel, will lead the panel formed by Biden.
Bauer, in particular, has pushed for term limits for Supreme Court justices. In 2005, he contributed to the Washington Post.
He’s also worked for Perkins Coie, a Democratic-leaning law firm that was involved in the Russia-Trump “dossier” scandal a few years ago. According to Perkins Coie, Bauer quit the company in 2019.
When Biden was running for president last fall, he suggested a presidential commission as an antidote to the Democratic Party’s “court-packing” efforts. Republicans in Congress warned that increasing the Supreme Court would encourage Biden to select a slate of justices with a left-wing slant, while Democrats claimed Republicans behaved unfairly when the Senate, led by then-President Barack Obama, expanded the court.
In response to a query at the time, Biden said, “It’s not about court-packing.” “Our constitutional experts have discussed a host of other issues….” The last thing we need is for the Supreme Court to devolve into a political football where whoever gets the most votes gets their way. Presidents are elected and then re-elected. Justices of the Supreme Court serve for generations.”
More than 30 other people have been appointed to the committee, according to a statement released by the White House on Friday.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer cautioned this week against overcrowding the court.
“If the public perceives judges as ‘politicians in robes,’ public trust in the courts, and in the rule of law in general, would erode, reducing the Court’s influence, including its ability to serve as a ‘check’ on the other branches,” he added.