It’s not over: Ethics complaint filed against Schumer after he threatens Supreme Court justices

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WASHINGTON D.C. – We have not heard the end of Chuck Schumer’s unhinged rant on the steps of the Supreme Court last Wednesday.

You know, the one where he clearly threatened two Supreme Court justices in Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Radio host and author Mark Levin, through his Landmark Legal Foundation is seeing to that.

LLF, a conservative public interest law firm chaired by Levin has filed an ethics complaint against Schumer (D-NY) lodged on Friday for his threats against the two justices.

As a reminder, Schumer on Wednesday, with a rabid pro-abortion crowd cheering him on, is speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court as the justices were inside hearing a challenge to a Louisiana law which states, in part that any doctors performing abortions in the state have to have hospital admitting privileges and must be within a 30 mile radius of a hospital.

How such a law affects a “woman’s right to choose” to kill her baby is beyond us. Nothing in the Louisiana law does anything to restrict abortion rights under Roe v. Wade. In fact, the law seems to be designed to ensure the health and safety of a mother from having an abortion performed by a butcher, thus putting their life at risk. Not to the radical pro-abortion crowd though…they want abortion whenever, wherever and however it can be accomplished, health and safety of the woman be damned apparently.

Anyway, while the justices were inside hearing the case, Schumer and the abortion mob were outside, when Schumer said the following, after singling out Gorsuch and Kavanaugh by name, specifically, saying, in part:

“You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

In response to Schumer’s statement, Chief Justice John Roberts gave a rare public rebuke to the statement, saying:

“This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside. Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that ‘You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

Schumer’s full statement said:

“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.” 

Listen to what Schumer said. There is zero room for misinterpretation. He points at the Supreme Court, calls out Gorsuch and Kavanaugh by name, and threatens them.

Schumer tried to justify his statements in a statement before Congress, but instead of apologizing he appeared to double down on his comments. He also said he was referring to Republicans in the House and Senate but clearly, he was directing his ire toward the two justices. For him to claim otherwise is ludicrous.

 

The complaint filed by the Landmark Legal Foundation, filed with the Senate Ethics Committee states in part that Schumer’s statement may “inflame the unhinged and incite violence”; that they “may violate criminal provisions of federal law”; and that the Senate should consider censure as a remedy. It notes that the Senate could also choose to reprimand or even expel Schumer for his comments.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a resolution to censure Schumer, however it may be difficult to see it through since it would likely not have sufficient support to pass a filibuster threshold of 60 votes, especially in such a partisan political climate.

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Liberals tried to equate Schumer’s statement on the steps of the Supreme Court to comments President Trump made about justices Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, in which he suggested they should recuse themselves from cases involving him due to an obvious bias both had publicly expressed toward him. In no way did Trump make any threats, direct or veiled toward the justices.

Here are his comments:

“I just don’t know how they cannot recuse themselves to anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related.”

This was in reference to the fact that Ginsburg had previously referred to the president as a “faker” and called on him to resign, while Sotomayor had criticized the Trump administration by name in a recent dissent.

Of course, the Schumer camp could not wait to respond in trying to defend Schumer’s juvenile and inflammatory comments. Schumer’s spokesman Justin Goodman responded by accusing Justice Roberts of bias. Goodman tried to claim that Schumer was addressing his comments to Republican legislators when he said a “price” would be paid—despite he had specifically named Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.”

“Women’s health care rights are at stake and Americans from every corner of the country are in anguish about what the court might do to them,” Goodman told Fox News. “Sen. Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”

He continued:

“For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes.”

So, according to this clown spokesman for Schumer, he is trying to equate Trump saying that the two liberal judges should recuse themselves from some cases due to alleged bias, to Schumer literally threatening to make the two judges “pay the price” and “you will not know what hit you.” Nice try.

For all the criticism that Democrats are dumping on Justice Roberts, he has in fact rebuked President Trump in the past. In 2018, he defended the judiciary after the president had made comments about an “Obama judge.”

We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts noted in a statement released by the court’s public information office. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Rep. Steve Scalise, who knows a bit of what can happen when inflammatory rhetoric sparks violence, said in a Twitter post, “Enough. This rhetoric has dangerous consequences. Where’s the media outrage?”

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