Legal watchdog organizations have filed ethics complaints against Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer over comments he made regarding two Supreme Court justices.
At a Center for Reproductive Rights rally last week, Schumer declared that two conservative judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, would “pay the price” if they vote against pro-choice advocates in a case regarding a Louisiana abortion law.
“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights,” he warned.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he said.
The comments drew a lot of criticism from Republicans but also a number of legal groups.
On Friday, the National Legal Policy Center filed complaints against Schumer with both the Senate Ethics Committee and New York bar. In addition, the Landmark Legal Foundation, chaired by conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, submitted a complaint.
“The Senate must immediately reprimand, if not censure, Sen. Schumer for his outrageous and dangerous attack on Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh,” said the Landmark complaint, further alleging that Schumer's comments could amount to “improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate.”
“It strains credulity to believe that, regardless of his Brooklyn pedigree, Sen. Schumer, who is a Harvard-educated lawyer, Senator minority leader, and vocal opponent of both Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, did not intend to choose the exact words he spoke as he turned and pointed to the Supreme Court behind him to further emphasize his point,” the NLPC’s complaint reads.
After his comments, Schumer, on the floor of the Senate, blamed his Brooklyn pedigree.
He said he "should not have used the words I used," and that "they didn't come out the way I intended to." Schumer explained, “I'm from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”