(CNSNews.com) – President Joe Biden must address “the crisis of legitimacy” regarding the U.S. Supreme Court, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
She said the impeachment of conservative Supreme Court justices “is something that should be very seriously considered.”
“The Supreme Court has dramatically overreached its authority,” Ocasio-Cortez said:
“We had two conservative senators in the United States Senate, Senator Manchin and Senator Collins come out with a very explosive allegation that these — that several Supreme Court justices misled them in — during their confirmation hearings and in the lead-up to the confirmation. This is a crisis of legitimacy.
We have a Supreme Court justice whose wife participated in January 6th and who used his seat to vote against providing documents that potentially led to evidence of such to — to investigators in Congress. This is a crisis of legitimacy. And President Biden must address that.”
Host Chuck Todd encouraged the congresswoman to say some of the conservative justices lied in their confirmation hearings, and AOC obliged:
“They lied,” she agreed with Todd.
“Under oath,” Todd helpfully supplied the additional phrase: “You think the House Judiciary Committee should begin the process of an investigation there?” he asked Ocasio-Cortez:
“If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under — under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue — issue, without basis — if you read these opinions, issue without basis, rulings that deeply undermine the human and civil rights of — of the majority of Americans, we must see that through,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and hostile takeover of our democratic institutions. To allow that to stand is to allow it to happen.
“And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure Supreme Court confirmations and — and seats on the Supreme Court. This is what we’re saying–“
Todd cut in: “Do you think lying in a confirmation hearing is an impeachable offense?” he asked.
“I believe so. I believe so,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense. I believe that violating federal law in not disclosing income from political organizations, as Clarence Thomas did years ago, is also potentially an impeachable offense.
“I believe that — that not recusing from cases that one clearly has family members involved in, with very deep violations of conflict of interest, are also impeachable offenses. And I believe that this is something that should be very seriously considered, including by — by senators like Joe Manchin and Susan Collins.”
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) were harshly criticized by liberals for voting to confirm Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
In a statement on Friday, Collins wrote in part that the Supreme Court’s ruling “is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon.
Likewise, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued a statement, reading in part: “I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.”
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