On Wednesday, the White House said that President Biden is in the process of creating a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.
Biden said in October that he would create the commission to advise him on how to reform a court system that’s “getting out of whack.”
The latest idea of the commission was to ‘pack the court,’by increasing the number of justices they look to shift the majority liberal on the Supreme Court.
The White House Counsel’s office, According to Politico, will supervise the commission and that Biden’s campaign lawyer Bob Bauer, will co-chair the commission.
The Biden Administration on Wednesday, would not affirm Politico’s claim that “Cristina Rodríguez, a professor at Yale Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Department of Justice, who will join Bauer as co-chair.”
Caroline Fredrickson, the former president of the American Constitution Society, and Jack Goldsmith, a former assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush and a Harvard Law School professor, would also join the commission, reported by Politico.
Commission members are still being recruited by the Biden administration, but a source familiar with the discussion told Politico that they expect somewhere between nine and fifteen members to be appointed to the commission.
The Biden administration is still currently recruiting members to the commission, a source told Politico that they expect between nine and fifteen members to be selected to the commission.
In October,during a 60 Minutes interview, Biden said there were “alternatives” to court packing, such as the commission.
“It’s not about court packing,” said Biden. “There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated, and I’ve looked to see what recommendations that commission might make. … There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing.”
Biden added, “The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”
A statement in 1983 by then Senator Biden which was discovered by Fox News. Biden called court packing a “bonehead” plan during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations to the US Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration. This was a lighter version of a statement made.