Democrats tamp down threats to pack high court and end filibuster over Trump SCOTUS pick

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Senate Democrats turned down the heat about talk related to expanding the Supreme Court or doing away with the legislative filibuster just days after some of their members threatened their party would do so if Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee before the election.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, called the idea that Democrats are threatening to end the filibuster and pack the courts to be “a heck of an assumption.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said of abolishing the filibuster, “I don’t believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose. It is not often used. It’s often less used now than when I first came. And I think it’s part of the Senate that differentiates itself.”

Feinstein remained coy about whether she supported expanding and packing the high court, saying only, “Ask me when we win the majority.”