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Gohmert on President Obama’s Supreme Court Justice Selection

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today concerning President Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy: 

“The current election cycle, highly contested and contentious, has revealed one thing – that this nation is deeply divided on countless issues. Though I have not agreed with political positions of now Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator Chuck Schumer, their previously adamant position that a sitting President should not be selecting a Supreme Court Justice late in the President’s term has some potential merit in a situation such as we now have. I think the previous positions that even in the third year of a President’s term he or she should not get to select a Justice goes much too far. However, when the Presidential election process is well underway and primary elections taking place, it is appropriate to wait. 

I also remember friends such as Andrew Hanen and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen were made to wait for about four years, into the next term before they were finally given a hearing. Even Tyler’s own Leonard Davis was unfairly blocked from having a hearing for so long that his nomination as a federal judge lapsed, which delayed his becoming a federal judge from his nomination by Pres. George H.W. Bush until about a decade later when George W. Bush was sworn in as a President and he re-nominated him. 

Simply stated, the American people should have the opportunity to choose a new President before a Supreme Court Justice is seated. Their voices should guide such an important process of this nature; particularly, when an appointment at this time will bring an end to the freedoms, such as religious freedoms, and rights, such as Second Amendment rights, protected under our Constitution.

“We cannot allow President Obama to take this important decision away from the people and further fundamentally transform America in ways he promised he would not before he got elected. The tone shifting throughout the nation is clear: the American people need to decide if they want to continue the onslaught on the plain language of the Constitution with so many freedoms under attack, or if they truly want to continue down this path to moral and financial bankruptcy as a nation.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.


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