(FreedomBeacon.com)- Progressive Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is at it again — this time saying that the leader of her party in the Senate should publicly state whether he thought that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath during their confirmation proceedings.
Last week, AOC and California Representative Ted Lieu sent Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, a letter that demanded that he address the matter. Specifically, they want to know Schumer’s position on whether the two justices lied about their views on abortion and the landmark Roe v. Wade case, just so they would be appointed to the high court.
A few weeks ago, both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh — who were nominated and confirmed under former President Donald Trump — voted in favor of overturning the Roe case, which removed a woman’s federal rights to get an abortion.
In their letter, AOC and Lieu wrote:
“We request that the Senate make its position clear on whether Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch lied under oath during their confirmation hearings. We must call out their actions for what they were before the moment passes, so that we can prevent such a mendacious denigration of our fundamental rights and the rule of law from ever happening again.”
Democrats have been coming up with various tactics to attack Republicans ever since the high court overturned Roe v. Wade a few weeks ago. The latest tactic has been focused on criticizing some of the conservative justices who were a part of the majority in the case.
During their confirmation hearings, both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said that Roe was a “precedent” that was “reaffirmed.” Neither of them said directly whether they would vote to affirm the decision or overturn it if a case came before them that would question the validity of it.
Specifically, Gorsuch said the 1973 landmark case was “precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other,” that had been “reaffirmed many times.”
Kavanaugh said the Roe decision was “important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times.”
After those comments came back to light recently, other senators have said they were alarmed by the fact that the high court overturned the Roe decision. Two people who expressed dismay were moderate Senators Joe Manchin (a Democrat from West Virginia) and Susan Collins (a Republican from Maine).
Both have said that they felt they were misled by both of the justices during the confirmation hearings — in 2017 for Gorsuch and 2018 for Kavanaugh.
Collins, who has long supported abortion rights, released a statement that read:
“This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon.”
Manchin, who has said that he is against abortion personally but believes in legislation that protects a woman’s right to get one, also released a statement that said:
“I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent, and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.”