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Senator Hawley to Introduce Motion to Censure Chuck Schumer for SCOTUS Threats

Senate Judiciary Committee committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General nominee William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. At left is committee member (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is planning to introduce a Senate motion to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for his blatant attempts to threaten Trump-nominated Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said in front of the Supreme Court building at a pro-abortion rally on Wednesday. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Hawley called the threats “disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK.”

Senator Schumer was rebuked by Chief Justice John Roberts hours later, with a statement that said, “threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

Schumer, instead of apologizing, doubled down on his rhetoric. His spokesman, Justin Goodman, even accused Roberts of bias for “misinterpreting” Schumer’s statement. “Sen. Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court,” Goodman claimed, though it’s unmistakable that Schumer was threatening the justices he called out.

“I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame,” Hawley tweeted on Wednesday. “So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of #SupremeCourt.”

President Trump responded to Schumer’s threats Wednesday evening on Twitter. “This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”

As of Thursday morning, #SchumerResign was trending on Twitter.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis