Former President Donald Trump was impeached ostensibly for his role in trying to overthrow the government during the Jan. 6, 2021 incursion at the Capitol. Perhaps that same standard should be applied to President Joe Biden.
Biden has failed to denounce protests that would pressure Supreme Court justices to change their opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade, Fox News reported. Monday’s leak of the draft opinion has some calling for demonstrations to exert pressure on the judges.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Biden’s opinion on attempting to influence the Supreme Court with such protests. “The president believes in peaceful protests,” she told reporters at a briefing Friday.
“He believes that is part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States in this country,” Psaki added. “But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government – and obviously the Justice Department. But also the role of the Supreme Court and what they play.”
“So I wouldn’t say he has a view on that,” Psaki said while underscoring Biden’s philosophy about the importance of the separation of powers. “He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re gonna make decisions they make, and we’re not gonna pre-judge a final opinion,” she said.
Since the leak was of a draft, it is not the final opinion of the court. This means that there is a chance protesters could intimidate judges into changing their vote, a fact that makes the leak particularly troubling.
“A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling,” Chief Justice John Roberts. “If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish,” he said.
Perhaps Biden should provide a statement that states how vehemently opposed to pressuring or intimidating justices he is. If his supporters attempt to influence government proceedings in such a way, Biden would be responsible — that is, if Democrats apply the same standard they applied to Trump.