Monday, May 27, 2024

Senate Dems Press John Roberts for Meeting to Demand Justice Alito’s Recusal from Trump Cases; Justice Alito Recusal Calls are a ‘coordinated’ Left-Wing Campaign: ‘Like clockwork’

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Senate Dems press John Roberts for meeting to demand Justice Alito’s recusal from Trump cases:
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. demanding he meet with him to discuss the Supreme Court’s “ethics crisis” and the need for Justice Samuel A. Alito’s recusal from pending cases.
Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, said in a four-page letter that the latest reports of Justice Alito flying two flags at his homes which were also displayed by Jan. 6 rioters ran afoul of ethics guidelines.
“By displaying the upside-down and ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flags outside his homes, Justice Alito actively engaged in political activity, failed to avoid the appearance of impropriety, and failed to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary. He also created reasonable doubt about his impartiality and his ability to fairly discharge his duties in cases related to the 2020 presidential election and January 6th attack on the Capitol. His recusal in these matters is both necessary and required,” wrote the senators.
The New York Times reported that Justice Alito flew an “Appeal to Heaven” flag at his Long Beach Island, New Jersey, vacation home in 2023.
The Times called the flag, which dates from the American Revolution, a symbol for “a more Christian-minded government” and also was carried on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol riot.
It’s the second article from the same paper in just under a week about Justice Alito flying flags at his residences.
Last week, the outlet reported Justice Alito flew an upside-down U.S. flag at his Alexandria, Virginia, home in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot.
Democratic lawmakers called it a public display of political activity, which would run afoul of judicial ethics. One House lawmaker introduced a censure resolution that demands that the justice recuse from any case related to the 2020 election. --->READ MORE HERE
Justice Alito recusal calls are a ‘coordinated’ left-wing campaign: ‘Like clockwork’:
Calls from Democratic lawmakers and left-wing groups for Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself from key cases over ethics violations are a “coordinated effort” to delegitimize the Supreme Court, according to experts who say the attacks on conservative justices are becoming more consistent with each passing year.
The “An Appeal to Heaven” flag, one of the foremost flags used by Patriot forces including, George Washington, during the Revolutionary War, was flown at Alito’s vacation house last year, according to a New York Times report published this week, drawing outrage from Democrats who claim it was also a key symbol during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. It marked the second time in two weeks that the justice’s flag poles became a topic of controversy, and the report prompted calls from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) for Alito to recuse himself from cases involving former President Donald Trump and the 2020 election, all because a handful of protesters carried the Revolutionary War-era flag on Jan. 6, 2021.
Congressional Democrats and activist groups are turning up the pressure on Alito in the wake of the flag controversy. Despite pushback from legal experts and voices on the Right, Democrats and left-wing groups have sought throughout Biden’s presidency to raise questions about key Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court and have done so by relying on the strategy of attacking their ethics.
“The Left has been constantly attacking the court since at least March 2020 when Sen. [Chuck] Schumer [D-NY] stood in front of the court during an oral argument on an abortion case and directly threatened Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on their vote,” Mark Paoletta, ex-general counsel for Trump’s Office of Management and Budget and a close friend of Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Ginni Thomas, said.
Paoletta specifically recalled that the last three years have shown a pattern of leaks or reports that elevate Supreme Court scrutiny “in the springtime, as the court nears the end of the term and big decisions will be handed down.”
In May 2022, there was the leak of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision that signaled the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade, a leak that has remained unsolved despite its damaging impact on the institution. Last year, ProPublica launched a dedicated series in the spring questioning Thomas’s ethics, specifically over gifts of vacations that billionaire Harlan Crow gave to Thomas, just before the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action.
“And now there’s the Trump cases in 2024,” Paoletta said, adding that the reporting about flags flown months ago in front of Alito’s home arrived near the end of the current term “like clockwork.”
Paoletta said the left-wing groups amplifying the attacks on conservative justices’ ethics have an agenda. --->READ MORE HERE
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