Senators AOC and Ted Lieu Want the Senate to Cry ‘Liar, Liar’ on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

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AOC is not happy. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) to demand that the Senate declare Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as liars. The whole “pants on fire” thing too, I would imagine.

They wrote a letter that was addressed to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer where they said that both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh lied to the Senate when they said that Roe v. Wade was a settled precedent while they were being confirmed.

 “Our Constitutional Republic cannot tolerate Supreme Court Justices who lied in order to get confirmed. The legitimacy of the Court is at stake,” Lieu tweeted

 “Letter from @AOC and me requesting the Senate to make a finding on whether Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch lied to the American people,” he continued. 

AOC shared Lieu’s post and added her comments, “We cannot allow Supreme Court nominees lying and/or misleading the Senate under oath to go unanswered. Both GOP & Dem Senators stated SCOTUS justices misled them. This cannot be accepted as precedent. Doing so erodes rule of law, delegitimizes the court, and imperils democracy.”

 In the letter to the Senate, Lieu, and AOC wrote, “We respect the right of individual Justices to have their own views on various constitutional issues. But we cannot have a system where Justices lie about their views in order to get confirmed. That makes a mockery of the confirmation power, and of the separation of powers.”

The letter continued, “We request that the Senate make its position clear on whether Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch lied under oath during their confirmation hearings.”

Here is a little background that has led to their ‘Liar, Liar’ challenge. Donald Trump nominated Justice Gorsuch for the High Court in 2017. Immediately Washington started talking about the potential for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. Trump had made it one of his campaign issues, and he was only three months into his first term. 

In a little less than one and a half years, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was being confirmed. He said the same things about Roe v. Wade’s precedent that Gorsuch had said in his hearings, that it was the important precedent of the Supreme Court and had been reaffirmed many times. 

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, was not mentioned in the letter.

They also said that wanted to call out the justice’s actions before the moment passes.

 What these senators do not understand is that stating that those cases were “precedent” did not mean that either justice was lying. It also did not mean that they were promising never to overturn a precedent.

 Here’s a precedent that even AOC would want to be overturned: Korematsu v. United States — which allowed for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It was considered precedent until it wasn’t.

Lieu and AOC, along with other Congressional Democrats, may want the Senate to confirm their allegations simply to damage Americans’ trust in Republicans. This could be a plan to provide some kind of miracle that could help them in the midterm elections. They know that abortion is a politicized topic around the nation and could very well impact a number of federal and state elections this year. 

There has only been one Supreme Court Justice that has ever been impeached by the House of Representatives. Justice Samuel Chase was impeached but then he was acquitted by the Senate in 1805. If this were to happen in today’s politics, it would certainly be a slippery slope for both parties.