Democratic nominee Joe Biden said on Friday that he would “clarify” his position by adding magistrates to the Supreme Court after the Senate vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.
“I will clarify my position in the coming days when they vote on this nominee, but I should keep the focus there,” he said in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit.
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Biden suggested Republicans are “packing a court” by filling the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Barrett ̵1; who will appear at this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Democrats say Republicans are in a hurry to vote very close to Election Day, with millions of Americans already voting.
“Court packing” is not commonly used to refer to filling vacancies, although a number of Democrats have attempted to use that term to describe the process in recent weeks. Instead, it traditionally defined potentially motivated political plans to expand the number of court judges.
It was unsuccessfully attempted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 to be forced by parts of his New Deal to be ruled unconstitutionally by the high court, and became an idea for many years. It was condemned in the past by both Biden and Ginsburg.
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However, the notion has gained strength on the left since Republicans refused to hold hearings for Barack Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016. A number of Democrats in the primary have been supported by the packing. of the court, even though Biden rejected the idea at the time.
In recent days, Biden has avoided the subject. Last week, he said “no, no” when asked if voters were worthy to know his stance. This week, he changed his tone and said voters “have a right to know where I stand.”
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But in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit, he did not give a clear answer when asked when court packing might be appropriate.
“As you know, I have not been a fan of court packing but what can happen is we need to look at how it works and determine if there are other ways in which we should look at how to make sure this does not happen thing, ”he said.