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Gingrich says he’d ignore Supreme Court, arrest judges if necessary

Presidential hopeful and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’d ignore Supreme Court rulings that infringe on his authority as commander-in-chief, and that he’d subpoena judges who disagree with his stance  as president – sending U.S. marshals to arrest and haul the judges before Congress, if necessary.

The GOP candidate said, however, that his preferred method for dealing with “activist judges” would be to impeach them.

“I got into this originally because of two things: the steady encroachment of secularism through the courts to redefine America as a non-religious country and the encroachment of the courts on the president’s commander-in-chief powers, which is enormously dangerous,” Gingrich to host Bob Schieffer Sunday on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” according to a Reuters report.

When Gingrich raised the prospect of having a judge subpoenaed over a court ruling, Schieffer pointed out some issues that might raise.

“Some people say that’s unconstitutional,” Schieffer said to Gingrich, according to the ABA Journal. “But I’ll let that go for a minute. I just want to ask you from a practical standpoint, how would you enforce that? Would you send the Capitol Police down to arrest him?”

“If you had to,” Ginrich replied.

“You would?” Schieffer pressed.

“Or you instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshal,” Gingrich said.

3 comments

  1. Hopefully, former Speaker Gingrich either missed a med or took one too many before going on Face The Nation. Of all of the things he has done/propounded, not limited to his “book deal”, impeaching Pres. Clinton while the Speaker was lying to his wife about his mistress (I think 2nd time around), creating the contentiousness that was the hallmark of his Leadership, this is the most dangerous to the Country.

    The Court has become decidedly right of center, yet Mr. Gingrich is not happy. It sounded like he wants the equivalent of a fundamentalist state. Not just constitutional fundamentalism, but religious and life-style as well. Perhaps he should look in a mirror from time to time. I do but seldom see the Mad Hatter.

    Richard Isacoff
    rii@isacofflaw.com

  2. This idiot is an…expert? The president can’t “order” the “arrest” of anyone. Particularly any justice. They don’t have to explain themselves to anyone. Why? Because, stupid, they already do in their opinion they write. I’ve seen them from a few pages to over 50 pages. Gingrich needs to go back to political science 101.

  3. I would add…that if the HNIC, Obama, suggested something like this to arrest republican justices if he didn’t agree with them, Gingrich would be one of the first ones on the WH lawn with pitchfork and burning cross in hand.

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