GOP Lawmaker Calls To Impeach Justices For Ruling Against Gerrymander Scheme
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to Pennsylvania Republicans, rejecting the party’s desperate attempt to save gerrymandered congressional maps that the state supreme court had ruled illegally discriminated against Democratic voters.
But rather than accept the ruling from the nation’s highest court, one Republican state representative has a different plan: impeachment.
Following the ruling, Rep. Cris Dush sent a memorandum with the subject line “Impeachment of five PA Supreme Court Justices” to all members of the state house, arguing that “the five Justices who signed this order that blatantly and clearly contradicts the plan language of the Pennsylvania Constitution, engaged in misbehavior in office.”
“The Justices are guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office and disqualification to hold any office or trust or profit under this Commonwealth,” he writes in the document as he calls on his fellow legislators to join him in his impeachment legislation.
“This is a usurpation of the sovereign power of the legislature under the Pennsylvania Constitution,” he writes. “In the Constitution, it’s a contract between the people and the government that they hired to oversee them. And the sovereigns in this issue are God, the people, and the legislature — in that order.”
Dush call for the removal of the Supreme Court Justices is a stunning and radical move in the face of a resounding legal defeat. Rather than redraw the maps, this lawmaker is seeking to impeach those justices simply because Republicans will have a harder time maintaining control of all the seats they currently hold.
The Republican gerrymandering scheme is illegal, according to the highest court in the state. And the highest court in the land did not see fit to second-guess the judgment of the highest court in the state.
Read the entire memorandum below: