Ethics Complaint Filed Against Chuck Schumer Over SCOTUS Threat
Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation files complaint against top Democrat
An ethics complaint has been filed against Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over his recent threats toward Supreme Court justices as the Senate minority leader faces mounting backlash from all sides.
Landmark Legal Foundation filed an ethics complaint Friday against Schumer for his threatening statement against Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
The organization is a conservative public interest law firm chaired by radio host and author Mark Levin.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
At a demonstration outside with pro-choice advocates, Schumer gave a fiery speech, singling out Gorsuch and Kavanaugh specifically.
“[Y]ou have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price," Schumer warned.
"You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer added.
Schumer refused to apologize, despite his statement earning a rare rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts.
The Landmark Legal Foundation complaint was filed with the Senate Ethics Committee.
In part, it states that Schumer’s statement may “inflame the unhinged and incite violence”; that they “may violate criminal provisions of federal law”; and that the Senate should consider censure as a remedy.
It notes that the Senate could also choose to reprimand or even expel Schumer for his comments.
Democrats have now joined calls for Schumer to stand down as a member of the U.S. Senate has now indicated that he intends to introduce a measure to censure the New York senator.
Currently, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a resolution to censure Schumer, though it may not have enough support to pass a filibuster threshold of 60 votes.
Jimmy Williams, a senior adviser to Democrat Tom Steyer’s failed presidential campaign, responded to Schumer’s threat by suggesting that Schumer may need to step down.
“Threatening a sitting Justice regardless of their politics is dangerous,” Williams tweeted.
“What Schumer said is gross inappropriate and unacceptable.
"He should clarify his words immediately or step down from leadership.
"We must be better than this.”
Leftist law professor Lawrence Tribe also hit Schumer, writing on Twitter, “These remarks by @SenSchumer were inexcusable.
"Chief Justice Roberts was right to call him on his comments.
"I hope the Senator, whom I’ve long admired and consider a friend, apologizes and takes back his implicit threat. It’s beneath him and his office.”
Democrat Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Professor at George Washington University, also slammed Schumer for his remarks, saying that he sounded like a “stalker.”
“Schumer’s threat to the Court that ‘you will pay the price’ is a direct attack on the integrity of our courts,” Turley wrote.
“I criticized Trump for his reckless comments about the courts.
"Where is the chorus of condemnation of Schumer?
"Schumer sounded more like a stalker than a statesman.”