“Of course Schumer’s attacks were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘wrong’! He should be CENSURED,” GOP Senator Hawley tweeted in response to a video of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who stated that Schumer’s remarks sounded “like a physical threat.”
And now Hawley is putting his money where his mouth is and will introduce a resolution to officially censure Chuck Schumer.
Worse for Chuck, 14 Senators have signed on to the resolution. If censured, Chuck would be the ninth Senator in history to be disciplined in this way.
From Fox News:
Hawley’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by 14 senators, called for Schumer to be censured for the comments, which it describes as “an attempt to unduly influence the judicial decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States and to undermine the vision of the founders of the United States of the ‘complete independence of the courts of justice.'”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to condemn Schumer’s comments. “There is nothing to call this except a threat,” McConnell said, claiming that Schumer was “trying to gaslight the entire country” by claiming that he was only addressing Republican lawmakers.
Schumer responded by claiming he was “passionate” and “angry” about the threat towards women’s ability to get abortions that the court case represented. He did not apologize to the justices, but admitted that he “should not have used the words I used,” and that “they didn’t come out the way I intended to.”
Hawley was not swayed by this, tweeting that Schumer was following a recent trend of Democrats threatening the Supreme Court. A group of Democratic senators in August filed a brief in a gun control case in which they accused the Supreme Court of being “not well” and warning that if it does not “heal itself,” it could be “restructured.” This was taken as a warning that the Democrats would attempt to pack the court by increasing the number of justices and loading the bench with liberals once a Democrat is back in the White House.
“Schumer’s threats to Gorsuch & Kavanaugh is part of pattern of Democrat attacks on the #SupremeCourt,” Hawley said. “Dems have threatened to pack it; now they’re threatening Justices personally. This is insane. It’s wrong. Schumer should be censured.”
If censured, Schumer would be just the ninth senator in U.S. history to face such discipline. The most recent was Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn., who was officially “denounced” in 1990 after a 96-0 vote based on a variety of financial misconduct allegations.
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