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Durbin: Republicans have been 'packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it'

Durbin: Republicans have been 'packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it'
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Sen. Richard DurbinDick DurbinSenate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday addressed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE declining to say whether he would expand the Supreme Court if elected, saying Republicans have bragged about "packing the court" under President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE.  

“The American people have watched the Republicans packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We are dealing with people on the court, packing into the court, with little or no qualifications for a long time.”

Durbin also cited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Manchin opens door to supporting scaled-down election reform bill Pelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel MORE’s (R-Ky.) refusal in 2016 to hold a hearing for Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandSenate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions What's happened to Merrick Garland? MORE, President Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The [Democratic] base is correct in believing that the Republicans changed the rules four years ago,” Durbin said, adding that “[n]ow they’ve completely reversed themselves” by proceeding with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgOcasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go MORE.

Biden made similar comments on Saturday before leaving for Erie, Pa., telling reporters: “Look, the only court packing is going on right now. It’s going on with the Republicans packing the court now."

Durbin on Sunday also addressed North Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham admitting to an extramarital affair, saying Cunningham "admitted wrongdoing, apologized for it and the campaign continues.”

"He's faced it squarely. I think at this point that's the best he can do,” Durbin added.

Cunningham leads Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE (R-N.C.) in most polling of the Senate race, one of several Senate contests that could determine which party holds the majority in 2021.