‘We have arrows in our quiver’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned House Democrats have a list of options to responding to President Trump nominating a Supreme Court justice this year.



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During an interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos, the California Democrat would not dismiss the idea of another round of impeachment.

“Some have mentioned the possibility, if they try to push through a nominee in a lame duck session, that you in the House could move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” Stephanopoulos said.

“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi responded. She declined to discuss specific actions.

Stephanopoulos later pressed, “But to be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver. You’re not ruling anything out?”

“Good morning, Sunday morning,” Pelosi said with a smirk. “When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, it requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”

Trump said he expects to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court “next week” and will be picking a woman. Top Senate Republicans have said they will proceed with considering a nominee should Trump pick someone.

The House voted to impeach Trump in December over two Ukraine-related articles of impeachment. The GOP-led Senate aqcuited him in February.

In response, The GOP House Judiciary Committee called it “one of the most ridiculous ideas ever presented by @SpeakerPelosi. And that’s saying something.”

Article II of the Constitution specifically grants the president the responsibility of appointing justices to the Supreme Court by a process of “Advice and Consent of the Senate.” However, Democrats have expressed outrage over Republicans not adhering to a 2016 precedent set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which prevented a Supreme Court confirmation during an election year.

Merrick Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was President Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016 to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. However, McConnell declined to allow the Senate to vote on his nomination, saying the new president should have the ability to fill the vacancy.

McConnell said during a Fox News interview in February that confirming a justice this year would be consistent with his opinion in 2016. “I said you’d have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy on the Supreme Court, occurring during a presidential election year, was confirmed by a Senate of a different party than the president. That was the situation in 2016. That would not be the situation in 2020,” he said.

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Pelosi: House has ‘arrows in our quiver’ to delay SCOTUS nomination

Less than a day after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump assured voters that his administration would be moving ahead with nominating a new justice before the election.

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “We have this obligation, without delay!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supported that sentiment, promising that Trump’s nominee would “receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

The House plays no part in the confirmation process but could, in theory, take other actions that clog up the Senate calendar.

“We have a responsibility,” Pelosi added. “We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, that requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar made similar remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“As Sen. [Chuck] Schumer says, there’s a lot of things we can try to do,” the Minnesota Democrat said. “But in the end, I’m not going to concede any of that. My colleagues — and I do have facts on my side here — you have a number of them that haven’t said what they’re going to do. You have a number of them that have already said that the next president should make a decision.”

“You have the precedent of the only time a justice died this close to an election. Abraham Lincoln was president and he made the decision to wait until after the election. And you have the fact that people are voting right now. And I think that creates pressure on my colleagues, honestly — and that’s what a democracy is about.”

Ultimately, Pelosi said the best tool in their arsenal is to “just win the election” and encouraged everyone to vote.

“The fact is this administration has been a total failure in protecting the health and well-being of the American people, and it has had an impact on our economy,” she said. “The lives, the livelihood and the life of our democracy are threatened by the administration. So again, when people say, ‘What can I do?’ You can vote. You can get out the vote and you can do so as soon as possible.”

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