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Politics Delaware senator says he's 'not a fan' but is open to adding justices to Supreme Court

00:30  19 october  2020
00:30  19 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Biden said he is personally not in favor of adding justices to the Supreme Court , but warned Republicans may force his hand. "It depends on how this turns out," Biden said of the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. "If I answer the question directly, then all the focus will be on

No Supreme Court nominee yet, but McConnell already on the cusp of having the votes. But before any of those potential pressure points could settle into play, GOP senators have taken themselves Some liberal outside groups and supporters have begun to advocate for adding more justices to the

Chris Coons wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) asks a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations to discuss the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget request for the State Department on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images © Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) asks a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations to discuss the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget request for the State Department on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images
  • Democratic Delaware Senator Chris Coons said on Sunday he is open to expanding the Supreme Court in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."
  • Coons said if Biden were to be elected, "we'll have to look at what the right steps are to rebalance our federal judiciary."
  • Biden most recently said he will clarify his position on adding justices to the Supreme Court before Election Day, depending on SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation process.
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Democratic Delaware Senator Chris Coons said that he is open to adding more justices to the Supreme Court in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

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He noted that the Senate probably had its reasons for rejecting Fishbourn, but he urged members who might Rutledge thus became the first Supreme Court justice to be rejected and the only one among the 15 The senator replied that he was obligated to recommend any constituent who might apply.

That only lasted until 1869, when a new Judiciary Act sponsored by Senator Lyman Trumbull set the number back to nine Justices Since then, aside from President Franklin Roosevelt’ s ill-fated threat to support an effort to add new Justices (who sympathized with his policies) to the Supreme Court , the

Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Tapper that like former Vice President Joe Biden, he is "not a fan" of expanding the court. However, he said if Biden were to be elected, "we'll have to look at what the right steps are to rebalance our federal judiciary."

When Tapper pressed him to answer "Yes or No" if he is open to expanding the Supreme Court, Coons answered, "Yes."


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Court-packing, the act of expanding the Supreme Court to shift the ideological balance, has been a major question for Biden recently amid the Senate's confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

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Even if he fails to win a second White House term, Steve Bannon has insisted, ‘You’re not going to see the Bannon, who was recently arrested for federal money-laundering, added that he believed the Bannon also predicted the election result will go to the Supreme Court and may even be conferred to

Supreme Court Justices are the last easy protection of our rights. Once they fail to protect our rights, the only options left are constitutional amendments, or taking our rights back by force. He was removed from the bench the final time for ethics violations

Biden most recently said on an ABC News town hall this past Thursday that although he "is not a fan" of court-packing, he will clarify his position before Election Day, depending on how Barrett's confirmation process turns out.

Coons added Trump "has pressed for this nominee so that he can have a key vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic," and doubled down on his belief that Barrett is "unqualified" because of her "extreme judicial philosophy." Last week, Coons told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that confirming Barrett "constitutes court-packing" and added that Barrett's "views are too extreme to qualify her to serve on this court."

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Pack the court? Battles between Republicans and Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future .
The Constitution does not set the number of justices. Created in 1789 with six, the court has veered from five to 10, settling at nine 150 years ago.Fuming at what President Donald Trump and Republicans have done since 2016 to turn the court to the right, they could fight back with legislation, Senate rules changes – even by granting statehood (and two Senate seats) to the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.

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