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Gingrich Advocates Impeaching Activist Judges

Newt Gingrich spoke this morning about how he would curb judges’ power.

In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Gingrich said it was “inadequate” to wait for the appointment of good judges to change the judicial system, and suggested that judges should be impeached.

Speaking about Gingrich’s plan, Bob Schieffer noted that Gingrich proposed that “Congress should subpoena the judge and bring him before Congress and hold a congressional hearing” and then asked Gingrich, “How would you enforce that? Would you send the Capitol Police down to arrest him?

“Sure, if you had to,” Gingrich responded. “Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. Marshal. Let’s take the case of Judge Biery. I think he should be asked to explain a position that radical. How could he say he’s going to jail the superintendent over the word benediction and invocation?”

Fred Biery, a federal judge in Texas, ruled in June that a Texas high school could not have any religious language in a graduation ceremony.

“I would then encourage impeachment, but before you move to impeach him, you’d like to know why he said that,” Gingrich added.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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