Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y) said on Sunday that some Conservative Supreme Court justices who lifted federal abortion protections last week should be charged with “lying under oath” during their confirmation hearings. (Watch the video below.)
Ocasio-Cortez said on “Meet the Press” that judges nominated by Donald Trump have misled legislators about abortion rights. Those judges became decisive for the court’s conservative 6-3 majority, which “dramatically exceeded its authority,” she said.
“This is a crisis of legitimacy and President Biden needs to address it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
When asked by Host Chuck Todd whether the House Judiciary Committee should investigate, she replied: “If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifelong appointments to the country’s highest court and then issue – without foundation, if you do this read opinions – decisions that deeply undermine the human rights of the majority of Americans, we need to review them. ”
“There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and the hostile takeover of our democratic institutions,” she added.
Trump judges Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett joined in the majority with Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito to Roe v. Wade, overthrowing an abortion rights precedent that has existed for nearly 50 years. Chief Justice John Roberts agreed.
Some of these nominees emphasized respect for the Supreme Court precedent in affidavits during their confirmation hearings.
Ocasio-Cortez focused on Sens’ statements. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that they were misled by some of the Trump judges.
Ocasio-Cortez replied: “I believe lying under oath is an impeccable offense.”
“What makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a flashing signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate to obtain a confirmation from the Supreme Court,” she said.
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