July 2, 2024

AOC threatens Supreme Court articles of impeachment over immunity ruling

Frustrated Democrats are once again looking to remove from office politicians whose movements do not align with Democratic ideology.

Unfortunately for members of the "Squad," pushing out a high-ranking figure, such as a Supreme Court Justice, is not as easy as a mean girl ostracizing someone who criticized her, as some politicians might soon learn.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., threatened to bring articles of impeachment against the Supreme Court after Monday's immunity ruling regarding former President Trump, according to Fox News.

AOC's Distress

"The Supreme Court has become consumed by a corruption crisis beyond its control," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"Today’s ruling represents an assault on American democracy. It is up to Congress to defend our nation from this authoritarian capture. I intend on filing articles of impeachment upon our return."

A president is afforded "absolute immunity" from prosecution for "actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority."

The court found that a president also has "presumptive immunity" for official acts in general, according to the case that was in question. There, there is no immunity for acts that are not official, as the ruling by the court stated.

Reporters attempted to contact the congressional office of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in order to obtain clarification on the specific individuals whom she intends to impeach but did not immediately receive a response.

House Leader's Response

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, other Democrats in Congress also voiced their disapproval of the decision made by the Supreme Court.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., vowed in a similar statement that "House Democrats will engage in aggressive oversight and legislative activity with respect to the Supreme Court to ensure that the extreme, far-right justices in the majority are brought into compliance with the Constitution.

"Today’s Supreme Court decision to grant legal immunity to a former President for crimes committed using his official power sets a dangerous precedent for the future of our nation," Jeffries said.

From the Senate

Similarly, in the upper chamber of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote on X about his frustrations.

"This is a sad day for America and a sad day for our democracy. The very basis of our judicial system is that no one is above the law. Treason or incitement of an insurrection should not be considered a core constitutional power afforded to a president."

The court's decision left open the question of whether any of Trump's purported actions were within the scope of his constitutional authority, thereby delegating this decision to a subordinate court.

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