Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Sunday called for the impeachment of conservative Supreme Court justices who she claims “lied” during their confirmation hearings. AOC’s comments came after the high court ruled to strike down the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, sending the question of how abortion should be regulated or prohibited back to the states individually.
She declared the court had “overreached its authority” by reversing the longstanding Roe ruling that had held that a right to abortion could be found in the Fourteenth Amendment. The ruling in Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization found that Roe was misguided and must be set aside.
AOC repeated statements made by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who said they felt misled by statements made to the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings.
Manchin told reporters on Friday after the announcement of the Dobbs decision that he had “trusted” Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at their hearings. Manchin said both had testified to him that they believed Roe v. Wade was “settled legal precedent.”
During her appearance on the Sunday broadcast of NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” AOC told host Chuck Todd that the feelings of the two senators create a “crisis of legitimacy.” She added, “President Biden must address that.”
She told Todd that she also believes the House Judiciary Committee should investigate the justices’ testimony. She said that she does not want to allow nominees “to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land.”
She said that if they do that, and then issue rulings that “deeply undermine the human and civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through.”
AOC referred to the testimony provided by Gorsuch and Kavanaugh as “a blaring signal” to future nominees to the Supreme Court that “they can lie to the committee.” She went on to say that she considers lying under oath an “impeachable offense.” She also accused Justice Clarence Thomas of an impeachable offense of “not disclosing income from political organizations.”
Justice Kavanaugh described the Roe decision in his hearing as an “important precedent” that “has been reaffirmed many times.” Justice Gorsuch said in his hearing that Roe was a precedential case, and “what was once a hotly contested issue is no longer a hotly contested issue.” Justice Amy Coney Barrett said in her hearing that she did not characterize Roe as a “super-precedent” because of the continuing calls to reverse the decision.