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Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., claimed he doesn’t know much about Demand Justice, a left-leaning group seeking to expand the Supreme Court, despite speaking at its events in the past.
“Honestly, I don’t know much about them,” Booker told Politico in a Tuesday report. “If you choose the ACLU, or the [Center for American Progress]these are bands we’ve worked with.”
“They are not to us what the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society are to” Republicans, added Booker, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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After former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June 2018, Booker joined other Democratic lawmakers in speaking at a Demand Justice rally outside the courthouse.
“We have to deal with a reality coming our way where we could lose some of our country’s most cherished ideals,” Booker said at the time. “I stand here to say, ‘This won’t happen without a fight.'”
Earlier that same month, he spoke at a Demand Justice rally outside the Capitol to protest Trump’s judicial nominee Thomas Farr.
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Demand Justice has openly expressed its intention to overhaul the federal justice system to advance Liberal goals. Demand Justice is part of a larger network, specifically “a front for the Sixteen Thirty Fund”, which Politico cited as an example of the left embracing “dark money” tactics.
Because the Sixteen Thirty Fund is a so-called black money group, the donors funding it and Demand Justice are unknown.
“They want to add seats to the Supreme Court, they want to add term limits for judges, they want to overhaul it and rock not just the Supreme Court but all levels of the judiciary more progressive,” said Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of the conservative-leaning Americans for Public Trust, told Fox News last April.
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Jackson was on Demand Justice’s shortlist for potential Supreme Court nominees.
“She is a former public defender and vice chair of the Sentencing Commission, and on the federal bench she has championed the rule of law, holding the Trump administration accountable for her violation of the rules,” wrote Demand Justice by praising Jackson on his website.
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Booker’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Evie Fordham and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.