Democratic Senator ‘Open’ To Packing Supreme Court If GOP Won’t ‘Step Back’ From Barrett Confirmation

Democratic Senator ‘Open’ To Packing Supreme Court If GOP Won’t ‘Step Back’ From Barrett Confirmation


Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) threatened to “rebalance” the federal judiciary under a potential Biden presidency should Senate Republicans confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Coons appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper on Sunday to comment on Barrett’s ongoing confirmation process in the Senate. Coons said that if former Vice President Joe Biden beats President Trump in November, the Delaware senator would be “open” to packing the Supreme Court in response to Barrett’s confirmation.

“Like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court, but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice,” Coons said. “It is President Trump who has pressed for this nominee so he can have a key vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic. It is the Republican majority that’s responsible for racing forward with this extreme, unqualified nominee—unqualified

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