Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) should pay the price for threatening Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, Constitutional scholar and conservative commentator Mark Levin says.
Reacting to the public threats Schumer made Wednesday, in which the senator singled out for retribution the two justices by name, Levin tweeted that Schumer’s “loathsome conduct” has endangered the justices and attempted to coerce them.
Schumer’s comments are especially egregious, given that he is both a lawyer and a Senate Democrat leader, Levin wrote, calling for the American Bar Association, the Senate and the Justice Department to take action:
"1. Chuck Schumer’s direct threats today against two Supreme Court justices absolutely does endanger them. The Chief Justice said as much. Schumer also insisted that the justices rule on an active case as he demands."
"2. Schumer should be sanctioned by the Bar, admonished by the Senate, investigated by the Senate ethics committee, and even reviewed by the DOJ. No individual, let alone the Senate Democrat leader, who is also a lawyer, should escape accountability for his loathsome conduct."
On his nationally-syndicated radio program Wednesday night, Levin said that if common citizens or common lawyers had made Schumer’s remarks, they would be held accountable – so, so Schumer should, at least, be disbarred:
“He’s intimidating, or attempting to threaten and intimidate, two Supreme Court justices. And, if they dare to apply their independent thinking and the facts to the constitution, and they do not come out the way that he insists, he’s threatening them, in advance of the decision.
“If a common citizen had threatened a court or a particular judge or justice the way that Chuck Schumer did, they would be arrested, in my view.
“If a common lawyer had threatened the court or justices, or any judge, the way Schumer did, they would be disbarred. They would be disbarred.
“And I think Chuck Schumer could still be disbarred. Because, while the speech and debate clause protects him - he’s free to say what he wishes - and the courts have ruled that it protects him from litigation for defamation and so forth, I’m unaware of any decision that says a lawyer who is a politician who gets elected to Congress, is still not subject to the rules of professional conduct in their jurisdiction, in their state, in this case, in New York. So, potentially, he could be disbarred, and that effort should be made in my humble opinion.
“You don’t get to threaten - I mean threaten – officials, let alone federal judges, let alone Supreme Court justices, the way Schumer did.”