Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no fan of the latest Democratic push to change the rules of the high court to their favor.
Democratic members of Congress, including Democratic presidential candidates, have advocated for increasing the total number of justices on the Supreme Court—then subsequently nominating and confirming more liberal members—so liberals regain a majority on the bench.
“Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” Ginsburg said to NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Politico reports.
“If anything, [it] would make the court look partisan,” the supreme court justice said about potentially packing the bench with more liberal justices. “It would be that — one side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.'”
And, from the report:
Ginsburg also said she was not concerned by calls for term limits for justices, citing the political difficulty of amending the Constitution, which enshrines lifetime appointments for federal judges. She said Constitutional protections for the federal judiciary are so strong that “the safeguards for judicial independence in this country, I think, are as great or greater than any place else in the world.”
Several 2020 White House hopefuls have expressed interest in ideas to widen the court’s bench, fueled by liberal resentment over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to hold confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the high court in the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg opposes 2020 Democrats' proposals to expand the Supreme Courthttps://t.co/xWfOapjBnr
— POLITICO (@politico) July 24, 2019
The Washington Examiner reports Ginsburg said any changes to the high court would require an amendment to the Constitution, which “is powerfully hard to amend.”
“We are blessed in the way no other judiciary is in the world is,” Ginsburg continued. “We have life tenure. The only way to get rid of a federal judge is by impeachment. Congress can’t retaliate by reducing our salary, so the safeguards for judicial independence in this country, I think, are as great or greater than anyplace else in the world.”
Democrats, including presidential candidates, have pitched increasing the number of justices to offset President Trump’s conservative appointments to the court.
RBG does not support that idea. https://t.co/uJ8Vo4DdRf
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 24, 2019