GOP’s Jim Jordan pans Democrats’ Supreme Court ‘packing’ proposal

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GOP’s Jim Jordan pans Democrats’ Supreme Court ‘packing’ proposal
Democratic lawmakers are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Masachusetts and U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Mondaire Jones of New York and Hank Johnson of Georgia plan to introduce the proposal outside the Supreme Court building.

Given Democrats’ control of the White House and Senate, the legislation could allow them to supersede the court’s current conservative majority by “packing” the court with liberal justices

But some Republicans quickly derided the proposal.

“Does expanding the Supreme Court count as infrastructure too?” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote on Twitter.

The legislation will propose expanding the court to 13 justices from the current nine, The Intercept reported. Spokespeople for the lawmakers’ offices did not respond Wednesday to Fox News’ requests for further details. 

The Supreme Court has had nine justices since the 19th century. The number of justices is not addressed in the Constitution. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– GOP reps announce constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 ‘before it’s too late’
– Cotton says Dems will do anything for power amid Supreme Court packing move
– Shannon Bream: Democrats will face ‘a lot of questions’ over plan to add four Supreme Court justices
– FLASHBACK: That time Biden called court-packing a ‘bonehead idea’
– Judge Jeanine rips Democrats’ proposal to expand Supreme Court, tells Tucker ‘this is madness’
– FLASHBACK: FDR’s attempt to ‘pack the court’ in 1937

Ex-Minnesota police officer in Daunte Wright case posts bond, released from jail
Kimberly Potter, the former Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a Black motorist, posted bond and was released from custody Wednesday pending further legal action, according to jail records.

Potter, 48, was released from a Hennepin County jail just before 5:40 p.m. local time after posting a $100,000 bond. She is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Sunday’s shooting death of Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Wright’s death has ignited four consecutive nights of protests accompanied by riots and clashes between demonstrators and authorities. Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force and head of its police union, resigned Tuesday along with police Chief Tim Gannon, who claimed Potter mistakenly grabbed her service weapon under the belief it was a stun gun when she shot Wright during a traffic stop.

She was on administrative leave at the time of her resignation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Brooklyn Center mayor letting ‘political activists’ control him, police union leader claims
– Minnesota protester tells Fox reporter: Only way things change is ‘if people start throwing things’
– Greg Gutfeld: The toxic, media-driven narrative about policing rides again
– CNN crew chased away by Minnesota rioters after crew member hit in the head with water bottle
– Terrell rips Minnesota mayor’s remark about cops not needing guns at traffic stops
– Minnesota Democrat group threatens government shutdown if police reforms aren’t passed: report

Suspected MS-13 members caught lugging blanket-wrapped body to car: sources
Four alleged MS-13 gang members who were under federal investigation were taken into custody Wednesday after New York Police Department (NYPD) officers saw them carrying a long object that turned out to be a woman’s body wrapped in a blanket, police and law enforcement sources told Fox News.

The NYPD officers were working with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents early Wednesday when the officers saw four men exit a building in Far Rockaway, Queens, around 1:50 a.m., police and law enforcement sources said. The men appeared to be carrying a “large, unknown object” and placed it in the trunk of a Nissan Altima, the sources added.

Police followed the vehicle for just under a mile before conducting a traffic stop. When the NYPD officers approached the car, they smelled an odor and discovered a “human body with severe trauma” wrapped in a blanket in the trunk, sources said. Police had not yet ID’d the dead woman. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– MS-13 gang member caught entering US illegally, Border Patrol announces
– High school hoops coach killed in drug cartel shootout in North Carolina
– Rachel Campos-Duffy: Drugs, cartel members and gangs coming across the border
– Sister of gang violence victim slams LA County DA Gascón’s push to eliminate juvenile strikes

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#TheFlashback: CLICK HERE to find out what happened on “This Day in History.”

SOME PARTING WORDS

Tucker Carlson claimed on Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that liberals were turning a blind eye to Black Lives Matter and Antifa chaos.

“Laws have no meaning if they are no longer applied equally,” Carlson said. “When they are not applied equally, they are not even laws – they’re purely tools of persecution. And you don’t want live in a country like that — even if people you don’t like are the ones being persecuted.

“But Rashida Tlaib does want to live in a country like that,” he added, “Tlaib is a member of Congress so her security is never in question – it’s never in doubt. But in your neighborhood Rashida Tlaib would like to see the police eliminated. We’re not making this up, we’re not misquoting her – she’s demanding this as a member of Congress – and many are.”

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