Sen. Sasse: Supreme Court Has Become ‘Substitute Political Body’

Sen. Sasse: Supreme Court Has Become 'Substitute Political Body'

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday the modern-day Supreme Court has become a “substitute political body,” and his opinion is there should not be protests about the body’s rulings.


“It’s become a substitute political body because the Congress doesn’t do its politics right,” Sasse told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We need to distinguish between basic civics and jurisprudence what the purpose of the Supreme Court is . . . we transfer so much power to the executive branch and to the judiciary because the Congress is impotent.”


Sasse also has criticized President Donald Trump’s comments over Attorney General Jeff Sessoins and Justice Department indictments against Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., saying he did not run for office for short-term popularity, so he would not be afraid to talk about the president.


“I ran for office because I’m worried about the long-term health of our country,” Sasse said. “The things that the president said on Sunday attacking the Justice Department and asking for politicized justice is dangerous stuff, because in our country we believe justice is blind. I came here because I want to drain the swamp.”


Further, he said many lawmakers care more about remaining incumbents rather than worrying about the future.


“I’m the second or third-most conservative person in the Senate, and I don’t hide any of that,” Sasse said.



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