Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic representative from New York, accused the conservative Supreme Court justices of lying in their confirmation hearings, which she called an impeachable offense.
After the Court struck down Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Ocasio-Cortez said that it “exceeded its bounds.” Democratic Sen. Joe Machin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine accused the justices of misleading them when they testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings and stated that they accepted Roe as precedent, according to Ocasio-Cortez.
“This is a crisis of legitimacy, and President Joe Biden must address it head-on,” she said on “Meet the Press.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Friday that he “trusted” Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch and when they “testified under oath” that they thought Roe v. Wade was a “settled legal precedent.” Todd asked the representative if she thinks the House Judiciary Committee should look into their testimonies.
“If we allow the Supreme Court nominees to lie when under oath and obtain lifetime appointments to America’s highest court in the country, then rule, without basis, on matters that severely jeopardize the civil and human rights of the majority of individuals in our nation, we must see it through. There must be serious repercussions for such a significant action that seeks to overthrow our democratic institutions. To let it stand is to risk allowing it to occur.”
“I mean, we’re all familiar with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh’s testimonies sending out a blaring signal to future nominees that they can lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to get their confirmation.”
“Do you think it’s possible to have an impeachable offense by lying during a confirmation hearing?” Todd inquired.
“Yes,” she replied. “I believe that lying when under oath is an impeachable crime. I think that failing to reveal sources of income from political groups, such as Clarence Thomas did in the past, is also a potential impeachment violation. I believe that not recusing oneself from situations where one clearly has family members with significant violations is also an impeachable offense, and this should be taken seriously by senators such as Susan Collins and Joe Manchin.”
After the Washington Post revealed that his wife sent former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows a text message telling him not to concede and that the Democrats were attempting a “heist” on a presidential election in November 2020, Congressional Democrats urged Thomas to step aside from all January 6-related cases.