Court-packing: PolitiFact notes the definition is clear

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Both Republicans and Democrats have lobbed accusations of court- packing at each other for years, but the definition is clear, according to nonpartisan fact-checker PolitiFact.

"Genuine court packing has involved one branch of government proposing to change the structure of the courts, either expanding or decreasing the number of judges," according to a PolitiFact piece from 2013 covering accusations that President Obama was packing the court by naming three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, are accusing President Trump of packing the Supreme Court by nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett shortly before Election Day.

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Seven years ago, Republicans, including Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, were making that same claim about Obama.

"Our experts agreed that Obama is trying to put his imprint on the court — but they said he’s doing so within the bounds of his constitutional duty to fill court vacancies," according to PolitiFact. 

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PolitiFact did acknowledge Republicans' point that Obama was filling seats on the "under-worked" D.C. Circuit court even though other vacancies had a more urgent need to be filled.

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