Fox’s Doocy pushes White House for answers on court-packing after Biden establishes panel to consider it

President Joe Biden signed an executive order last week establishing a commission to study potential reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court. The move left many wondering if Biden may be opening up to the idea of court-packing, a notion the president has decried in the past.

Now, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy wants answers. In a stunning moment during Friday’s White House press conference, Doocy pushed Biden’s top spokesperson, Jen Psaki, to clarify the president’s stance — and as could have been expected, she did her best to avoid giving a straight answer.

A “bonehead idea?”

It was first reported by the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters that Doocy had sparred with Psaki during Friday’s presser. There, according to a White House transcript, the Fox journalist reminded Psaki about remarks Biden made in 1983 expressing opposition to adding justices to the nation’s highest court in an effort to swing its ideological tilt.

“Whoa. A time-back machine,” the press secretary joked about the comments being nearly 40 years old.

“Oh, yeah,” Doocy said before returning to his question. “[Biden] said he thought that court-packing was a ‘bonehead idea’ when FDR tried it. So why ask a panel now to go and see if it is a good idea?”

“The pros and cons”

In response, Psaki said the newly established commission “is being asked to…take a number of steps,” including weighing “the pros and cons on exactly that issue.”

“But they will also be looking at the court’s role in the constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justice on the court — justices on the court; the membership and size of the court; and the court’s case selection rules and practices,” the press secretary added, according to the transcript. Psaki went on:

And the make-up of this commission, which was vital for the president, was — is there are progressives on the court, there are conservatives on the court. People will present different opinions and different points of view, and then they’ll have a report at the end of 180 days.

A “faux-academic study”

In a follow-up question, CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked if the new commission would be making explicit recommendations to Biden on reforms to the high court, an inquiry that NewsBusters said “got Psaki to flail.”

“It’s meant to be a report and a summary of their discussions and their findings,” the White House press secretary tried to explain. “I don’t know what it will look like, and I’m not going to get ahead of what their process will be.”

Those words are unlikely to impress Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who attacked Biden’s move to create the panel in a statement Friday.

“Rational observers know well there is nothing about the structure or operation of the judicial branch that requires ‘study,’” McConnell declared, according to The Hill. “This faux-academic study of a nonexistent problem fits squarely within liberals’ years-long campaign to politicize the court, intimidate its members, and subvert its independence.”

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11 Responses

  1. AMERICA HAS A LOT BIGGER FISH TO FRY THAN STACKING THE SUPREME COURT. IMMIGRATION, THE CULTURE WAR IN AMERICA, THE LYING, THIEVES IN GOVERNMENT, CHINA, THE QUEERING OF AMERICA. BIDEN AND HIS IT NEED TO STEP BACK. GET THE WALL FINISHED. STOPP ALL IMMIGRATION FOR 5 YEARS. NEED I SAY ANYMORE??

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  3. Enough of the BS! Everyone knows what his “commitee” is going to recomend.
    There will be no surprise.

  4. Now if the real BONEHEAD would please stand up….Oh Joey another big fat LIE…does this old man know what the truth is…None of us out here think so…I hope Joey remembers when he said this packing the court would be a bonehead thing to do…let’s hope this BONEHEAD remembers what he said about court packing…Joey it is time to stop all this evil stupid stuff ur doing to this country….GO HOME N STAY THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. This guy has no idea what the hell he is doing. He has no memory. If he had a memory then he would know that he is the President instead of a Senator. He made the comment during the campaign that he was running for the Senate and not the White House.

  5. The United States Supreme Court is not, and let me repeat that very loud; IS NOT A POLITICAL DEBATE SOCIETY! There SHOULD NOT be a left or right on/in the court. The only ones on the Supreme court should be constitutionalists, PERIOD! With only constitutionalists as justices, the number becomes inconsequential whether 15, 53 0r 111.

  6. P Saki, is it necessary for you to continue to voluntarily micturate all over the Press 30 times a day.
    All the Press/Americans want is honest answers through transparency and not pre-planned feathered and phony ones.
    You look like someone, on most issues, who wants to stand in front of People and say something you know nothing about. Or, pretty hard to cover for idiots. IMO

  7. I am afraid that you poor Americans will not recognise your country in 4 years. They are out to destroy everything that has made America great. As a foreigner who does NOT live in the USA I used to look up to your country, but that is changing as you now have crazy people who apparently live in La La land in charge. God help you.

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