House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler voiced support for adding new justices to the US Supreme Court if Senate Republicans fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a lame duck session.
"Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected officials," Nadler tweeted.
As a member of the House of Representatives, Nadler does not have the ability to vote on Supreme Court nominees, but as a leading voice on judicial matters on Capitol Hill, his voice holds immense sway.
Nadler tweeted, "If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court.".
Kelly and McSally are running in a special election for the seat held by the late Sen. John McCain.
Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start.".
If Senate Republicans were able to confirm a successor, the court would have six justices appointed by Republican presidents and three appointed by Democratic presidents. »