Two conservatives just resigned from President Joe Biden’s court-packing commission, the Washington Examiner reports.
The resignations came after the commission, on Thursday, released its preliminary draft report, which considers various proposed reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, including court-packing — the potential expansion of the number of justices on the high court — and term limits.
According to The Hill, the two conservative members of the commission who resigned are Caleb Nelson, a law professor at the University of Virginia, and Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard.
The resignations came the day after the commission released its preliminary draft reports. The reason for the dual resignations has yet been made available.
Nelson, for his part, released a statement confirming that he has “resigned from the commission.” He added that he “was honored to be part of it.” However, he failed to mention why he chose to suddenly depart the group.
Goldsmith has yet to release comment on the mysterious situation.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates released a statement in response to the resignations, saying, “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 has already been the target of intense criticism for its report, especially from the far-left. Progressives, in particular, hoped the commission would favor the expansion of the number of justices on the Supreme Court in order to restore the court’s liberal majority.
To be clear, the commission didn’t exactly take a position on any particular reform. Rather, it put forth everything that it believes Biden needs to take into consideration, both good and bad, before deciding on whether to pursue the proposed reforms.
Nonetheless, the commission did — at least somewhat — seem to come out against packing the Supreme Court. According to the White House’s website, members of the commission wrote:
As other Commissioners conclude — including Commissioners who are critics of many of the Court’s recent decisions and support other reforms — Court expansion is likely to undermine, rather than enhance, the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and its role in the constitutional system, and there are significant reasons to be skeptical that expansion would serve democratice values.
The commission also seemed to favor of term limits for Supreme Court justices, an idea that has gained traction as the high court has become increasingly politicized.
Currently, deliberations are still being held by the commission. At this point, it is unclear what, if anything, will come of the commission’s report.