According to a new report from Politico, the Biden administration has begun setting up a commission aimed at reform of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary.
Per Politico “the commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel’s office and filled out with the behind-the-scenes help of the Biden campaign’s lawyer Bob Bauer, who will co-chair the commission. Its specific mandate is still being decided. But, in a signal that the commission is indeed moving ahead, some members have already been selected, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.”
The report adds “among those who will be on the commission are Cristina Rodríguez, a professor at Yale Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Department of Justice, who will join Bauer as co-chair. Caroline Fredrickson, the former president of the American Constitution Society, and Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and a former assistant attorney general in the Bush Department of Justice, will also serve on the commission, those familiar with discussions said.”
Recently, appearing at a Brookings Institution event titled “Is There a Path Forward for Court Reform?” former Attorney General Eric Holder made the case for Democrats adding justices to the Supreme Court.
Holder said “I believe it would be totally appropriate to add additional seats to the Supreme Court, in response to what has transpired over the past few years.”
Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W-WV) reintroduced a bill Friday that would limit the number of justices permitted in the Supreme Court.
Capito said in a statement “a nine Justice court has worked for our country for more than 150 years.”
She added “increasing that number in a partisan effort to achieve a desired policy result is a never-ending proposition.”