House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to oust Nancy Pelosi if she attempts to impeach Trump as a means to stop his Supreme Court nominee.
Pelosi, in an interview earlier this week with ABC News’ “This Week,” refused to rule out impeachment of the President or Attorney General William Barr to halt the nomination.
“We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” the House Speaker stated.
“Listening to the speaker on television this weekend – if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker,” McCarthy threatened.
“She may think she has a quiver — we do too,” he told reporters.
If Nancy Pelosi tries to impeach President Trump for appointing a Supreme Court Justice—as the Constitution requires him to do—we will take steps to remove her as Speaker. pic.twitter.com/NIJMgcBbii
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 23, 2020
Kevin McCarthy Explains Why He’ll Oust Nancy Pelosi
McCarthy proceeded to explain why Pelosi’s threat to impeach – a process typically reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors – would lead to her being ousted.
“The president is supposed to move forward and they will,” he said noting it is Trump’s Constitutional duty to select a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the SCOTUS.
“The Senate is supposed to take the action and they will — it’s their constitutional right and they are following through,” he added.
“If Pelosi and House Democrats try to impeach the president, we will take the movement to remove her from speakership,” he reiterated.
Democrats are desperate → Jerry Nadler wants to pack the courts, and Nancy Pelosi wants to try to impeach the President again—just for doing what the Constitution requires him to do! pic.twitter.com/Kz9iZGjoJh
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 22, 2020
Pelosi and the Democrats Will Do Anything to Stop Trump From Filling the SCOTUS Vacancy
Impeachment hasn’t been the only arrow in the quiver that Pelosi and the Democrats have threatened to use if they don’t get their way.
Should Trump lose and Democrats regain control of both Houses of Congress, they’ve made it clear they’ll consider packing the Supreme Court with more liberal judges.
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler called on his colleagues to do just that.
If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court. 1/2 https://t.co/BDYQ0KVmJe
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) September 19, 2020
Joe Biden said in 2019 that Democrats would “live to rue that day” should they decide to pack the Supreme Court.
More recently, the Democrat nominee has declined to answer the question saying it would distract from the issue at hand.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 22, 2020
The late Justice Ginsburg, in an interview with NPR last year, opposed the idea of expanding the court.
“Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said, adding, “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”
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