Multiple progressive activist groups signed a letter urging House Democrats to impeach Attorney General William Barr – which will then delay the confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“Attorney General Barr has acted to subvert the laws that he, as our nation’s chief federal law enforcement official, is duty-bound to uphold,” more than 20 progressive groups signed in a joint letter.
“Attorney General Barr has made a career out of undermining our democracy and it is pellucidly clear that he has been ramping up efforts to undermine the upcoming elections and invalidate the votes of millions of Americans,” the groups wrote.
Since Democrats have the majority in the House, something Senate Democrats don’t have, they have the power to delay the confirmation of Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court by impeaching Barr, as it would force action by the Senate and scuttle the current calendar being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) according to Senate rules.
“Should you impeach Attorney General Barr prior to October 23rd, the Senate would be required to take one of two actions. On one hand, the Senate would be obligated to hold a trial, which would occupy a day or more of floor time and delay the hasty and irregular consideration of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court associate justice,” the groups explained. “In the alternative, Senate Republican leadership would be forced to go ‘nuclear’ by changing the rules that govern how that chamber responds to receiving articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.”
“Either outcome is desirable,” the groups concluded.
New: 20+ progressive groups, including the Sunrise Movement and Our Revolution, signed onto a letter urging Nancy Pelosi to back impeaching AG Barr. They said it "would have the salutary effect of delaying the confirmation process and may help push it towards after Election Day." pic.twitter.com/con05vfwuF
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) October 21, 2020
More than 20 progressive groups are urging House Democrats to impeach Bill Barr next week, an impeachment that would have to be dealt with on the Senate floor ahead of ACB.
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) October 21, 2020