AOC: Democrats 'Must Consider' Impeaching Trump & Barr to Block SCOTUS Nomination
Dems hint at abusing impeachment process to delay filling Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat
Radical celebrity Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has called on Democrats to "consider" impeaching President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr in an attempt to delay a Supreme Court nomination until after the election.
On Sunday, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to rule out impeachment as an option to stop President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick from being confirmed to the bench, saying Democrats will “use every arrow in our quiver” to block the eventual nominee.
Just hours after it was announced that Ginsburg had passed away on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that a Trump nominee to the Supreme Court to fill her vacancy “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
Asked during an interview on ABC News on whether she and House Democrats would move to impeach the president, or Attorney General Bill Barr in an effort to prevent the Senate from acting, Pelosi hinted that the move may be an "option."
"We have our options," Speaker Pelosi told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
"We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said.
“This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
Pelosi was pressed again on whether she would employ impeachment tactics, to which she said the Constitution requires that Congress “use every arrow in our quiver.”
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. Trump and Republicans push a SCOTUS nomination ahead of the Nov. 3 election. https://t.co/JhU93KY3iQ pic.twitter.com/HOmI8AxREN— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020
During a press conference later on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez also chimed, insisting that Democrats must be open to all options in their attempts to stop Trump and McConnell from filling the Supreme Court seat.
“Congresswoman, you mentioned being open to all ideas to buy time,” a reporter said to Ocasio-Cortez, accoridng to The Daily Wire.
“Would you be in support of potentially reviewing talks of impeachment hearings either against the attorney general or the president?”
"Well, you know, I think—I believe that certainly there has been an enormous amount of law-breaking in the Trump administration.
"I believe that Attorney General Barr is unfit for office and that he has pursued potentially law-breaking behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.
"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.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is open to impeaching @realDonaldTrump to stop him from filling the Supreme Court vacancy.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 21, 2020
"We must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal & that all of these options should be entertained & on the table.”
Schumer nods in agreement. pic.twitter.com/cbkUqwNpUr
A new Marquette Law School national survey found that solid majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents want Supreme Court hearings to happen if a seat becomes vacant during an election year.
"In this poll, conducted in the days before Ginsburg’s death, a substantial majority of respondents of both parties say that if a vacancy occurred during the 2020 election year, the Senate should hold hearings on a nominee, with 67 percent saying hearings should be held and 32 percent saying they should not be held,” Marquette Law School said.
"Views on holding hearings do not vary much by partisanship.”
The poll found that 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Democrats indicated that there should be hearings held if a seat became vacated during a presidential election year.