GOP Senator Mike Lee Thinks It's 'Really Difficult' for 9 SCOTUS Justices to Represent All Americans

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee said on Tuesday that it was "difficult" for the current number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices to properly reflect the values of Americans.

Lee made the comments during Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, Barrett will be elevated to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, making her President Donald Trump's third conservative appointee to the Supreme Court. That would increase the conservative majority to six justices serving alongside three liberal justices.

Some Democrats have proposed increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court, a process known as "court-packing," to attempt to install more liberal justices on the U.S. Supreme Court bench.

"We're a country of, what, 330 million Americans? It's really, really difficult to have those 330 million Americans reflected in 9 members of a Supreme Court," Lee said. "It's still really hard to have them reflected in 100 senators and 435 representatives. That's doable, especially when those people are elected. They stand for election every couple years in the case of the house, every six years in the case of the senate. It doesn't happen that way in the Supreme Court of the United States."

Lee's other comments during Tuesday's hearing indicated that he was not in favor of court-packing. According to Lee, if Democrats were able to expand the number of Supreme Court justices to 11 under a Joe Biden administration, "it inevitably leads to the next time Republicans have control of both houses of Congress and the White House. They'd increase it as well. They'd end up increasing it incrementally. Before long, it looks like the Senate in Star Wars where you've got hundreds of people on there."

When asked by Lee if increasing the number of justices would cause an imbalance between governmental branches, Barrett said it was "difficult for me to imagine what specific constitutional question you're asking me."

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During a discussion of court-packing during Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Utah Senator Mike Lee said it was "really difficult" for the nine justices on the Supreme Court to reflect all Americans. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty

Republicans have expressed concerns that if Biden wins the presidency, he will pack the court. During a Monday campaign stop in Cincinnati, Biden said he was "not a fan" of court-packing, but did not thoroughly discuss the subject.

"The president would love nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would in fact pack the court or not pack the court, et cetera," Biden told WKRC. "The focus is why is he doing what he is doing now."

In September, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler tweeted that Barrett's nomination was "undemocratic."

"Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected officials," Nadler wrote. "Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start."

Trump tweeted Saturday that "Radical Left Democrats" are pushing Biden to pack the courts, adding that Biden has "zero chance against them!"

Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for comment.