Former Vice President Joe Biden said during a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend that he would consider nominating former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court.
A member of the audience asked Biden if he would put Obama on the nation’s highest court, to which the former VP responded:
“If he’d take it, yes.”
As the Daily Mail reports, there is a historical precedent of a former president being appointed to the Supreme Court:
“The first, and only, person to do so is William Howard Taft who served as president from 1909 to 1913.
“In 1921, President Warren Harding appointed Taft as the 10th chief justice. He resigned in February 1930 due to his declining health and died the following month.”
Obama has never publicly said he’s interested in serving as a justice on the Supreme Court, but his background certainly suggests that he’s eminently qualified to do so.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama was the first African-American to be named president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.
Additionally, before he was elected President of the United States in 2008, Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.
Over the weekend, Biden also noted that there was no “legal basis” for Republicans to subpoena him for testimony in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump:
“I want to clarify something I said yesterday. In my 40 years in public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office – unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence – cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests.
“But I am just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial.”
It remains unclear if any witnesses will be called during the impeachment trial. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said she will withhold sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promises he won’t put on a sham trial which doesn’t allow for evidence — documents and witnesses — to be presented.
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