Two conservatives have resigned from President Biden’s bipartisan commission created to study reforming the Supreme Court.
The Hill reports “the departures Friday came from University of Virginia law professor Caleb Nelson, a former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, and Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith, former top official in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel under President George W. Bush.”
‘Nelson confirmed to The Hill that he resigned, adding “it was an honor for me to be part of the Commission.” Goldsmith did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”
“The White House expressed its appreciation for the professors’ five-month tenure on the commission, but did not provide an explanation for the departures,” the report adds.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement “These two commissioners have chosen to bring their involvement to a close. We respect their decision and very much appreciate the significant contributions that they made during the last 5 months in terms of preparing for these deliberations.”
The commission on Thursday said there are “considerable” risks to expanding the number of Supreme Court Justices and warned that such a move could undermine the high court’s legitimacy.