On Monday, a federal judge recommended Chief Justice John Roberts assign a circuit court to investigate whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is improperly coercing judges to retire to increase the number of right-wing activists he can confirm to the courts. The complaint stems in part from the circumstances of D.C. Appellate Judge Thomas Griffith's retirement upon McConnell's request, which clears the way to appoint McConnell protege Justin Walker to the seat.
Commenters on social media, including activists focusing on court issues, exploded with outrage over the allegation.
NEW: A top federal judge has asked Chief Justice Roberts to assign a formal investigation into whether McConnell un… https://t.co/lhtM7kKzYS— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon) 1588633686.0
The hearing for this McConnell crony, currently slated for Wednesday despite the pandemic, should not go forward un… https://t.co/OzrhcjBFNU— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon) 1588633818.0
Appeals Court Vacancy Is Under Scrutiny Ahead of Contested Confirmation Hearing This is exactly what they pulled w… https://t.co/PDYlQvhb55— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻) 1588635236.0
@brianefallon @MalcolmNance How about the way they created an opening for Boof-Boy? That should be investigated too.— Marynotcontrary (@Marynotcontrary) 1588635523.0
@brianefallon @jgkoomey Illegally stealing Merick Garland’s SCOTUS seat was not enough for McConnell. Now it appear… https://t.co/xEVg96BQef— Daniel Katzenberger, P.E. (@Daniel Katzenberger, P.E.) 1588636135.0
@brianefallon We can save the money on this. We know he did. Lock him up. Next.— GottaHaveHart (@GottaHaveHart) 1588635503.0
@brianefallon This is why McConnell wants the judiciary. I seriously doubt there will be much of an investigation— JLD (@JLD) 1588634996.0