Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for Supreme Court Justices to be impeached after the Roe v. Wade ruling, claiming they “lied” in their confirmation hearing.
AOC isn’t the only person confused. Senator Susan Collins is also upset because she feels that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were both misleading in their hearing.
Collins said, “This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me.”
Keep in mind that Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2017 and Kavanaugh was confirmed in September 2018. At the time, Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent. That doesn’t mean it can’t be altered or in this case overturned.
While on “Meet the Press,” AOC told host Chuck Todd, “This is a crisis of legitimacy and President [Joe] Biden must address that.”
Todd then asked if she thinks the House judiciary committee should investigate their testimony.
AOC responded, “If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue, without basis, rulings that deeply undermine the hum and civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through. There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and hostile takeover of our democratic institutions. To allow that to stand is to allow it to happen.”
To give a backstory to Kavanaugh’s beliefs on Roe v. Wade, in 2003 he wrote, “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since [the] Court can always overrule its precedent.”
That’s a stark contrast to Collins’ comments and what Kavanaugh has said in the past.
Still, opinions change and SCOTUS rulings can overturn previous precedent.
In 2017, Gorsuch said, “Once a case is settled, that adds to the determinacy of the law. What was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue. We move forward.”