“I never believed them. I didn’t believe them. That’s why I voted against them,” the vice president said in an interview on Monday as Bash, pointing to previous statements by Bash Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch emphasized the verbosity of Roe v. Wade- there was precedent, asked Harris if she believed the two judges intentionally misled the public and Congress during the confirmation process.
“It was clear to me when I sat in that chair as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that they… would very likely do what they just did. That’s my view. That’s it. And that’s why I voted as I did.”
Harris, who was flying on Air Force 2 from Washington to Illinois on Friday to unveil the administration’s latest strategy to improve maternal health in the US when the decision was made, said she was shocked by the ruling. this.
“This is not over yet,” she added, referring to how she sees the intention of a conservative court majority on other existing rights.
“I think he just said the quiet part out loud,” Harris said of Thomas. “And I think that’s why we all have to really understand the magnitude of what just happened. This is so profound. And the way this decision came about, has been so driven, I think, by the politics of things versus what should be done are the values that we place above freedom and liberty in our country.”
Harris said the administration “will do everything” in its power to protect access to medical abortion. And she suggests that the administration is looking at ways to give women in states where the procedure is prohibited the resources they need, like childcare and travel funding, to access it in other states.
But seemingly rejecting a growing request from Democratic lawmakers, Harris said the administration is not currently discussing using federal land for abortion services in and around states that would ban the practice. this custom.
“That’s not what we’re discussing right now,” Harris said.
Calls for Biden to allow abortion providers to work from federal property have raised concerns among some attorneys. And providing federal funding to women traveling out of state could potentially violate the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion in most cases.
A White House official on Monday made a similar argument, saying: “While the proposal is well-intentioned, it puts women and service providers at risk. charges.”
When pressed about what else the Democratic-controlled White House, Senate, and House can do to protect abortion rights, Harris specifically pointed to Congress and the role of the legislative branch in the system. abortion rights – if Democrats have the vote. She repeatedly pointed to the importance of the 2022 midterms as an opportunity to elect more pro-abortion Democratic senators.
But when asked if Congress could do something sooner if the non-Senate is removed, she did not say if she supported removing the 60-vote threshold to pass protections. abortion or not.
“I think (the President) has been clear about our position on this reproductive health issue and what the President and our administration have in our toolkit to do and so far. , that’s what we’re after,” Harris said.
In Monday’s wide-ranging interview, Harris emphasized that inflation remains a priority for the Biden administration. But she did not respond directly when asked if she believed the US was headed for a recession or discussed any new tools the administration could use to tackle rising prices. .
“I think there can be no higher priority than what we have made clear as our highest priority, which is to bring costs and prices down as much as we can – and we will focus on that. “, the vice president replied.
As the House Select Committee investigates January 6, 2021, insurgents preparing for a surprise hearing on Tuesday, Bash asked Harris if the hearings so far have changed his perception. her about her predecessor or not.
Harris praised former Vice President Mike Pence for “having the courage to do his job” for refusing to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election despite pressure from Trump.
The vice president declined to say whether she supported bringing criminal charges against Trump based on the findings presented by the committee.
Harris did not decline when asked about 2024, as some critics questioned whether the 79-year-old President would seek re-election. Bash asked her about comments from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Biden ally representing South Carolina, that if the President did not run, Clyburn would support Harris in the lead.
“Joe Biden is running, and I’ll be his ticket salesman,” Harris said. “Dots.”
This story has been updated with more information.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Donald Judd contributed to this report.