Back in April, President Joe Biden signed an executive order creating a commission some say is designed to facilitate the Democrats’ desires to expand the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court and pack the bench with liberal justices, but concerns are now being raised about how deliberations of that group are being conducted.
As Fox News reports, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody publicly slammed the Biden administration over an announcement revealing that the initial meeting of the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Supreme Court would be held virtually, rather than in a physical public forum.
A notice issued by the General Services Administration declared that the commission’s meeting, scheduled for May 19, would be a “public virtual” one, a development that prompted the ire of AG Moody, who took to Twitter to voice her frustration not just with the format, but also of what she believes is the commission’s overall objective.
“America is not fooled,” Moody said, adding, “You cannot legitimize a gross partisan attack on our nation’s highest court by assembling a group on ZOOM! Our country deserves more than a basement broadcast.”
This is not the first time Moody has sounded the alarm about the commission itself and any attempt by the Biden administration to keep its proceedings out of public view. Back in April, she released a video message on the topic, saying, “We must be allowed to observe and challenge any and all undemocratic, un-American policy recommendations that threaten our democracy,” adding:
If the president ignores this request and chooses to keep any of these proceedings secret, I’ll utilize the full power entrusted to me by the voters of Florida to preserve the integrity of America’s judicial system.
The presidential commission has been given a broad charge according to Biden’s executive order, and it is slated to examine topics that include “the genesis of the reform debate, the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”
Viewed by many a little more than a vehicle to legitimize the far-left’s push for expanding and packing the high court, the commission has been controversial from the start, and it is not just Republicans who are concerned about where its recommendations might lead.
No less than liberal SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer has cautioned against sweeping moves to alter the composition of the court, saying, “those whose initial instincts may favor important structural change…such as forms of court-packing, [should] think long and hard before they embody those changes in law,” suggesting that they have the potential to erode public confidence in an independent, principled judiciary.
The naked power grab embodied by the empanelment of Biden’s commission is bad enough, but the idea that the group might be allowed to deliberate in the shadows is unconscionable, and AG Moody is right to demand the kind of transparency this administration claims to champion.