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 April 27, 2023

Chief Justice Roberts declines Sen. Durbin's invite for testimony about Justice Thomas

Democrats and liberal groups have continued their mission to destroy Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but despite their efforts, they're not gaining much ground.

As Becker News reported, Chief Justice John Roberts recently declined an "invitation" from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) in which he asked the chief justice if he would be willing to testify on gifts and travel disclosure issues regarding Justice Thomas.

Chief Justice Roberts made it clear in his response to Durbin and his committee why he was unwilling to provide such testimony.

"Thank you for your letter of April 20, 2023, inviting me to appear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 2," Roberts said. "I must respectfully decline your invitation."

Roberts added: "Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Chief Justice of the United States is exceedingly rare, as one might expect in light of separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence. The Supreme Court Library compilation of Justices Testifying Before Congress in Matters Other Than Appropriations or Nominations has identified only two prior instances Chief Justice Taft in 1921 and Chief Justice Hughes in 1935."

Roberts used the letter to remind Democrats of evolving security issues regarding the SCOTUS justices and "judges at all levels."

"A word is necessary concerning security," the letter read.

"Judges at all levels face increased threats to personal safety. These threats are magnified with respect to Members of the Supreme Court, given the higher profile of the matters they address. Recent episodes confirm that such dangers are not merely hypothetical. Security issues are addressed by the Supreme Court Police, United States Marshals, state and local law enforcement, and other authorities.

"Matters considered here concerning issues such as travel , accommodations , and disclosure may at times have to take into account security guidance."

Durbin clearly wasn't happy with the declined invitation, as took a shot at Roberts after he received the letter.

"I am surprised that the chief justice’s recounting of existing legal standards of ethics suggests current law is adequate and ignores the obvious,” Durbin wrote. “It is time for Congress to accept its responsibility to establish an enforceable code of ethics for the Supreme Court, the only agency of our government without it."

Unfortunately for Justice Thomas, it's clear that the radical anti-Thomas left won't stop their attacks anytime soon.

Let's just hope and pray that their crusade against Thomas doesn't compromise his safety or the safety of any other justices.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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