Blackburn: Our Judicial Branch is Under Attack

August 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), one of two Republican women to ever serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and her Senate Republican colleagues to stand up for judicial independence and push back against Democrats’ radical court packing plan.

“The independence of our judicial branch is under attack,” said Senator Blackburn. “Our Democrat colleagues’ threats to pack the Supreme Court are an explicit effort to further their radical agenda. Senate Republicans will not stand idly by and watch as Democrats destroy our nation’s highest court.”

“The Democrats’ threat to pack the Court if it doesn’t rule the way they want is synonymous in American history with the idea of an unprincipled power grab. Instead of improving their arguments, our colleagues seem determined to undermine our constitutional structure,” said Leader McConnell. “Senate Republicans reject this dangerous and opportunistic assault on our independent judiciary and will continue to uphold our oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“This attempt by Democrats to intimidate the Court is highly inappropriate,” said Senator Graham. “The Left is desperate because they no longer have confidence in their own ability to be successful at the ballot box.”

The letter reads, in part:

“Judicial independence is under assault. Democrats in Congress, and on the presidential campaign trail, have peddled plans to pack this Court with more justices in order to further their radical legislative agenda. It’s one thing for politicians to peddle these ideas in Tweets or on the stump. But the Democrats’ amicus brief demonstrates that their court-packing plans are more than pandering. They are a direct, immediate threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans.”

The full letter may be found HERE.