Biden to order bipartisan commission to study Supreme Court expansion

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Members of the media set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.
Al Drago | Reuters

President Joe Biden on Friday will order a bipartisan commission to study a slew of potential reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the politically volatile question of whether the high court should be expanded.

The executive order marks the fulfillment of Biden's campaign promise to convene a group of experts to look into the myriad debates about the Supreme Court's structure.

Then-candidate Biden had refused to explicitly rule out the idea of adding members to the nine-seat bench, prompting howls of criticism from Republicans who accused him of seeking to pack the court with liberal justices.

The new commission, which comprises dozens of legal scholars, will hold public meetings to hear “varied perspectives on the issues it will be examining,” the White House said in a press release Friday morning announcing the order.

The group will issue a report within 180 days of its first meeting, the White House said.

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