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    Sen. Chuck Schumer Threatens U.S. Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Threatens U.S. Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and 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!”

    https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1235280512375312384?s=20

    In a bizarre speech at what appears to be a pro-abortion event, Senate Minority Leader Schumer accused Republicans of “taking away fundamental rights.”

    Schumer then threatened Supreme Court justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh saying, “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!”

    Watch:

    (video also here)

    Seeing as a job on the SCOTUS is a lifetime appointment, I’m not entirely sure what Schumer is threatening, but whatever it is, it’s not good.

    From Schumer’s own account (without the threat):

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    Naturally, we can expect a motion from McConnell and/or Graham to censure Schumer any minute now. I’m holding my breath… still holding…. still holding…


     
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    healthguyfsu | March 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Trump is unhinged for criticizing a judge but this will get crickets from the same pearl clutchers.


     
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    Petrushka | March 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    The other possibility is a threat to pack the court, but he would certainly see that coming.


     
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    michaelalan | March 5, 2020 at 9:02 am

    One thing for sure as long as Lying Lindsey loves a camera Graham is in leadership NOTHING will happen but talk. Blow hard deep stater. I bet he even talks to his wife about sex and never performs..


     
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    practicalconservative | March 5, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Nope Milhouse. The United States Supreme Court construes this omnibus statute rather broadly. From DOJ

    Endeavoring to influence, through a third party, a judge. United States v. Glickman, 604 F.2d 625 (9th Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 1080 (1980); United States v. Fasolino, 586 F.2d 939 (2d Cir. 1978) (per curiam), or a juror, United States v. Ogle, 613 F.2d 233 (10th Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 825 (1980).


       
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      Milhouse in reply to practicalconservative. | March 5, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Yes, those cases do show that they consider judges to be “officers” for the purpose of this statute. But there’s no possible comparison between those cases and Schumer’s. The attempted corruption in those cases is clear. In one case there was an outright attempt to bribe a judge, in the other the proposal was to take the judge out to lunch and persuade him to change his decision. Schumer’s threat, deplorable as it is, shows no sign of corruption.

      And charging him for it would present a very difficult first amendment problem. Even if it were a threat of physical violence it would almost certainly be protected speech. After all, how could it be worse than someone addressing an anti-draft demonstration, and proclaiming that if he is drafted and given a rifle he wants to use it to shoot the president? And yet that is protected speech. A fortiori so is Schumer’s threat, which was not of violence. And that means that no matter what the statute says it can’t be a crime.


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