Before the election in November 2020, Donald Trump told the world that Joe Biden planned to stack to Supreme Court with liberal justices.
Biden refused to confirm or deny the legitimacy of that claim, choosing instead to avoid giving a stance at all.
But on Friday, it seems Biden caved again to his most progressive supporters, announcing the creation of a 36-member White House commission in charge of “examining the history of the court, past changes to the process of nominating justices, and the potential consequences to altering the size of the nation’s highest court.”
The commission will be run by the White House Counsel with the help of a hand-picked group of liberals who – you guessed it – have declared, or at least hinted, their intention to support the expansion of the Supreme Court of the United States far beyond the 9 justices who currently sit on the bench.
Former Obama staffers are set to lead the effort with Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel, and Cristina Rodriguez who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel in top panel positions.
In reference to the commission, Biden previously told Norah O’Donnell of CBS News that “I will ask them to, over 180 days, come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it’s getting out of whack.”
With House, Senate, and White House control, the Democrats have the best chance of making major structural reform to the courts NOW, but it’s still a heavy lift with key Democrat Senators refusing to agree.