Did Supreme Court Justices lie in their confirmation hearings before Congress, and are they subject to impeachment or other redress for doing so? Although none of the Justices Donald Trump nominated would explicitly answer the question of whether they’d overturn Roe v. Wade, and none explicitly promised not to do so, their confirmation hearings were characterized by a lot of assurances that Roe was ‘settled precedent.’
Representative Ted Lieu took a hard line on this in a Thursday hearing, stating frankly that to call Roe ‘settled’ when they “had to have known…during their confirmation hearings” that they believed the precedent was “egregiously wrong from the start,” since there was no significant change between those confirmation hearings and the decision to overturn that precedent.
Lieu: They could’ve said I’m not going to talk about Roe… but that is not what Justice Kavanaugh did. He went above and beyond to intentionally mislead the American people.
Johnson: Those words should be struck. You cannot accuse a Supreme Court justice of lying pic.twitter.com/Lq4UinI6XT
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 14, 2022
“The Justices said that Roe v. Wade was egregiously wrong from the start. That means Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh had to have known that during their confirmation hearings, because Roe v. Wade was decided fifty years ago…Did any of them say [in confirmation hearings] Roe v. wade was ‘egregiously wrong from the start?’ No, they didn’t! In fact, they said the opposite…They could have said, ‘I’m not going to talk about Roe v. Wade, I’m not going to answer your question.’ But that is not what Justice Kavanaugh did. He went above and beyond to intentionally mislead the American people.”
The overturn of Roe has the potential to be one of the most impactful decisions the Supreme Court has handed down in its history, potentially endangering millions of women, forcing pregnant people to seek alternative options, and ultimately resulting in forced birth and fewer healthcare choices for an untold number of individuals who will become victims of this ruling.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com