“It will destroy the rule of law as we know. This is the biggest assault on the rule of law and the independent judiciary in my lifetime,” Graham told Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro.
“I think they want to turn the court upside down, to pack it with liberals because they don’t like the makeup of the court. And what will happen is that every time one party takes over from the other, [they] will change the number of justices.”
He suggested that such forces would convert the court into a “political football” and “destroy the Supreme Court as we know it.”
Graham’s remarks were made in response to a new House Democrat proposal to develop the nation’s top court from nine to 13 seats. Lobbying works by liberal activists to “pack the court” have intensified in the latest months following their failed endeavor last year to stop then-Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.
“Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the key co-sponsors of the bill, said in a statement. “This legislation will restore the Court’s balance and public standing and begin to repair the damage done to our judiciary and democracy.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jarrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), another co-sponsor, sought to maintain the proposal saying that 13 seats would match the 13 circuit courts.
“The logic behind having only nine justices is much weaker today, when there are 13 circuits, thousands of cases filed before the Court each year, and the full range of statutes and regulations that make our economy and our society work,” Nadler said.
The Democrats’ attempts were met with fiery contradiction by conservatives and moderates who are concerned that the move will undermine the integrity and people’s trust in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Few groups of Republican lawmakers have started counterattacks to keep the number of seats on the bench to nine. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced his work the same day the group of Democrats advanced their new bill. The GOP proposal requires an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit the number of justices.
He said that the Democrat’s attempts to expand the court derives from their hunger for power and an attempt to concentrate it in Washington D.C.
“They did that because they want power, just like how they changed the election laws, just like how they’ve gone after your guns and your weapons, just like how they’re leaving the border open and granting amnesty so more people can come in. All of this is related to their attempt to irrigate power to the center, which is Washington D.C.,” Biggs said.