Maureen Mahoney, a co-chair of the Supreme Court Practitioners’ Committee, told the Commission panel they are opposed to expanding the bench and adding more justices. The news is undoubtedly upsetting to liberals who have demanded Biden put more liberals justices in place.
During his presidential election, Biden refused to take a stand as to whether or not he was for or against packing the court but allowed the political environment, media and members of congress to fester on the issue. Instead, Biden created the Commission on the Supreme Court in April through executive order.
The Commission is composed of both liberal and conservative members who are expected to give a report in November about potential changes that the president and Congress could implement for the court. The next commission meeting is scheduled to take place November 10, and the conclusion of its findings are expected November 14.
“A larger bench could make arguments less productive, deliberations more difficult and yield even more opinions with less clarity in the law” sated Mahoney. However, the commission also heard from a group of progressive activists claiming adding more justices is long overdue. Funny, they did not say that during the Trump administration.
The Washington Times writes of the hearing:
Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, pushed back against accusations that the conservative majority has only delivered wins for Republicans.
“There’s now been — starting with the Warren Court — 60 years of the living Constitution being used to push the law in a progressive direction. While there are certainly on the conservative side, there have been politically influenced decisions, you haven’t had this freewheeling, making things up out of whole cloth that you have had with the living Constitution,” he said.
Clinton Campaign Attorney Indicted For Lying To FBI In Trump-Russia Investigation
An attorney who represented Hillary Clinton’s most recent failed presidential campaign in 2016 was indicted on Thursday for allegedly lying to FBI officials, as part of U.S. Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s investigation of supposed ties between Russia and former President Donald Trump’s campaign.
“Michael Sussmann, a partner with Perkins Coie who also represented the Democratic National Committee in connection with Russia’s hack of the organization, is accused of making false statements during a Sept. 19, 2016 meeting with former FBI General Counsel James Baker,” Reuters reported. “This marks the second criminal case Durham has filed so far since former Attorney General William Barr tapped him in 2019 to investigate U.S. officials who probed the Trump-Russia contacts.”
According to the New York Times, Biden administration Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has the authority to overrule Durham but declined to.
“Donald J. Trump and his supporters have long accused Democrats and Perkins Coie — whose political law group, a division separate from Mr. Sussmann’s, represented the party and the Hillary Clinton campaign — of seeking to stoke unfair suspicions about Mr. Trump’s purported ties to Russia,” the New York Times reported. “The case against Mr. Sussmann centers on the question of who his client was when he conveyed certain suspicions about Mr. Trump and Russia to the F.B.I. in September 2016. Among other things, investigators have examined whether Mr. Sussmann was secretly working for the Clinton campaign — which he denies.”
“According to the indictment, Sussmann ‘lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI’ when he met one-on-one with FBI General Counsel James Baker,” the Daily Mail explained. “That prompted to Baker to assume he was acting merely as a ‘good citizen’ rather than as a ‘paid advocate or political operative.’ He stated falsely that he was not doing the work ‘for my client,’ according to the indictment. Sussmann had handed over three ‘white papers’ as well as computer files containing evidence of the reported secret channel.”
Supreme Court Orders Biden Admin To Reinstate ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy
The Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s request for the Court to reverse a district-court order requiring the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which requires asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while they wait for a hearing in U.S. immigration court.
“The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S,” the Associated Press reported.
“After the Biden administration ended the [remain in Mexico] policy, Texas and Missouri went to federal court in Texas to challenge that decision,” SCOTUSblog reported. “The states argue that the decision to terminate the policy violated federal immigration law and the federal law governing the procedures that federal agencies must follow. They also contend that, without the policy, large numbers of migrants can enter the United States based on dubious asylum claims, imposing costs on the states.”
“A federal district judge agreed with the states and ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy by Aug. 21. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit declined to put the ruling on hold to give the government time to appeal,” they continued.
On Friday, the Biden administration went to the Supreme Court, “Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency requests from Texas, briefly paused the district court’s order to allow the justices to consider the request. Alito put the order on hold until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday and ordered the states to respond by 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon – signaling that the court would act quickly.”
The Biden administration’s temporary end of the “remain in Mexico” policy is considered of the main reasons illegal immigration levels have reached record levels.
In July, the number of migrants hit the highest level on record since the Department of Homeland Security began keeping track in 2001. Illegal immigration levels first broke the 20-year record in March, and then the record was broken again every following month.
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