Democratic Delaware senator says he is open to expanding the Supreme Court

Democratic Delaware senator says he is open to expanding the Supreme Court
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Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Democrats criticize FBI's handling of tip line in Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Del.) said on Sunday he was open to expanding the number of justices that sit on the Supreme Court should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be elected president.

“Like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice," Coons told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Fauci says vulnerable populations may need vaccine booster shots Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates MORE on “State of the Union.”

Coons argued that President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE was pushing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Anti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail Abortion rights face most difficult test yet at Supreme Court MORE through to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic, a common criticism from Democrats throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Coons characterized the focus on Biden’s intentions with the Supreme Court as a distraction, echoing a sentiment by Biden when asked if he would be in favor of allowing more than nine justices on the high court.

“[Republicans are] doing this to get someone on the court just in time, a week after the election, to take away critical health care protections from a majority of Americans, we need to focus on that,” Coons said. “And then if we happen to be in the fact pattern where we have a President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE who will have to look at what the right steps are to rebalance our federal judiciary.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Barrett's nomination this week, with the full chamber likely to approve her confirmation before Election Day.

Biden has spent weeks avoiding answering the question of whether he would support an expanded court. During a town hall on Thursday, Biden said he would leave the door open to the possibility.