Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Sunday for consequences for judges who “lie under oath.”
Ocasio-Cortez referred to SCOTUS judges Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Two senators said the judges assured them they believed Roe v. Wade is law, but both voted to overturn it.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday she believes it is an “impeachable offense” for a Supreme Court judge to lie under oath.
After the overthrow of Roe v. Wade, Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin: they felt misled by Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch during their individual hearings. The two senators, both pro-choice, voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch because they assured them that they believed that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion a national constitutional right, was law.
Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh voted earlier this week to take Roe down.
Speaking in an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Ocasio-Cortez said she believes the court is facing a “crisis of legitimacy” and that judges should face consequences if they lie under oath.
“If we allow the Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifelong appointments to the highest court in the country and then issue without basis,” she said, “we have to get through that. There must be consequences for such” one deeply destabilizing action and a hostile takeover of our democratic institutions.”
“Leaving that alone is allowing it to happen,” she continued. And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a loud signal to all prospective nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate to secure Supreme Court confirmations and Supreme Court seats. “
Ocasio-Cortez added that she believes lying under oath is a criminal offense.
“I believe this is something that needs to be considered very seriously, including by Senators like Joe Manchin and Susan Collins,” she said.
The decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade led to protests nationwide† Since the decision was made public, killed from prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez have rejected the ruling. Attorney General Merrick Garland convicted the court’s decision, which Friday said it is a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States”.
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