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.