(Headline USA) Vice President Kamala Harris claimed this weeked that she “never believed” Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh when they told the Senate during their confirmation hearings that Roe v. Wade was precedent.
Harris, who served as a Democrat senator from California during both of the justices’ confirmation hearings, said she voted against both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh because she knew they would eventually vote to overturn Roe, according to Business Insider.
”I start from the point of experience of having served in the Senate. I never believed them. I didn’t believe them. It’s why I voted against,” Harris told CBS News on Sunday.
However, Harris sidestepped a question about whether the two justices should be impeached for “lying” to the Senate.
“I think that, to be very honest with you, I do believe that we should have rightly believed, but we certainly believed that certain issues are just settled,” she said. “Certain issues are just settled.”
Some of the more radical members of Harris’s party, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., want Congress to impeach Gorsuch and Kavanaugh for allegedly lying to the Senate about their position on Roe.
“There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and hostile takeover of our Democratic institutions,” she said last month. “I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense.
“And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure supreme-court nominee confirmations,” she added.
Both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch told senators that they viewed Roe as precedent. Gorsuch said Roe v. Wade is “a precedent of the US Supreme Court,” and Kavanaugh said the case was “settled as precedent.” But neither said they would not vote to strike down the ruling if they had to make a decision on it.