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Less than 24 hours after she was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett is already being asked to recuse herself from a case and liberals are calling for her impeachment.
Barrett will begin hearing oral arguments next week after being sworn in at a private ceremony at the Supreme Court Tuesday. But her confirmation late Monday – with not a single Democrat vote – set off apoplectic reactions from the left and calls for packing the high court in revenge. Critics of President Donald Trump have already begun the impeachment narrative against his Supreme Court pick should she not recuse herself from a Pennsylvania election case.
The Luzerne County Board of Elections filed a recusal motion Tuesday over a Pennsylvania case involving an extension for mail-in ballots.
“The nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice this close to a presidential election is unprecedented,” they wrote. “As concerning as that is, what is even more troubling is the language President Trump has used in consideration of this nomination, linking it directly to the electoral season at hand, with implications for his own re-election.”
Pennsylvania Republicans have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on election laws in the swing state, which currently allow mail-in ballots to still be counted in the final tallies up to three days after Election Day. On Friday, Republicans requested the high court rule on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court deadlocked case that mail-in ballots be accepted as long as they arrive by Nov. 6 and were not postmarked after Election Day.
The president has frequently brought up issue with mail-in ballots and has warned that election results could get tied up in the courts as well as cautioning against widespread voter fraud. Barrett had refused to answer on speculative scenarios put forth by Democrats during her confirmation hearings, declining to say she would recuse herself from elections-related disputes. The possibility that she could choose to weigh inon the Pennsylvania case set off a wave of liberal whining.
If Amy Barrett doesn’t recuse herself on the Pennsylvania voter suppression case going to the Supreme Court she should be impeached.
🖐 Raise your hand and pass it on if you agree.
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) October 27, 2020
PBS host Alexander Heffner suggested that if Barrett does not recuse herself “from decisions that would clearly amount to a quid pro quo for Trump’s re-election,” her “rank duplicity will be unmistakable.” His opinion piece published in the Independent also suggested that Democrats can then “swiftly impeach” Barrett as her public support will “crumble.”
“It is on this basis that a potential Biden presidency and Democratic Senate will have leverage to add a Justice — a tenth Justice — to begin the process of balancing the Supreme Court. It would be politically palatable if Barrett’s appointment had enabled a plot to destroy the legitimacy of the election,” Heffner wrote.
After a new Justice is swiftly added by a simple majority vote in Congress and sworn in, there can be more comprehensive study, as Biden has promised, of new plans for the Court: term limits, additional appointments, and recusal rules. (7)
— Alexander Heffner (@heffnera) October 27, 2020
Heffner echoed the sentiments of Norman Ornstein, a political science scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
“If Amy Coney Barrett goes on the Court and immediately votes for PA voter suppression, she should quickly be impeached,” Ornstein said. “Trump asked her openly to act to tilt the scales of the election.”
I repeat:If Barrett, acceding to a partisan swearing in at the White House, knowing that Trump explicitly said he nominated her to sway the election, does not recuse, it is an overt quid pro quo. The House should impeach her to leave an irrevocable stain on a dishonorable justice
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) October 27, 2020
The hashtag #ImpeachAmyConeyBarrett popped up on Twitter as the left made no secret of where they will push tings if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected next week.
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