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 September 6, 2023

Dem senator wants investigation into Justice Samuel Alito regarding ethics battle

Democrats, including the White House, seem determined to attack the conservative majority U.S. Supreme Court using any available methods of doing so.

Earlier this year, the idea of "reforming" the high court's ethics code using an act of Congress was shot down by some justices, including Justice Samuel Alito, who said Congress lacks the authority to do so, saying as much to The Wall Street Journal.

The Washington Examiner noted Alito said:

"Congress did not create the Supreme Court”— the Constitution did — adding, “I know this is a controversial view, but I’m willing to say it. No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court — period."

That triggered a number of Democrats, including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who according to the Examiner, recently called for an investigation into Alito's stance on the matter.

Whitehouse fired off a seven-page letter to Chief Justice John Roberts expressing his concerns over Alito's stance on the issue, urging Roberts to "take whatever steps are necessary" to launch an investigation.

"On the Senate Judiciary Committee, we have heard in every recent confirmation hearing that it would be improper to express opinions on matters that might come before the Court. In this instance, Justice Alito expressed an opinion on a matter that could well come before the Court," Whitehouse's letter read, in part.

Whitehouse also happens to be the author of the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act, which was introduced in the Senate in July.

He claimed that congressional action was needed to restore the public's "sinking trust" in the high court, referencing several ethics-related attacks on several conservative justices.

Many believe it's simply another angle of attack for Democrats who are sore about the conservative majority on the court and the string of losses taken by Democrats at the hands of the high court in the past few years.

Whitehouse clearly took Alito's words on a personal level, as the Examiner noted:

Whitehouse told Roberts in his letter that he felt "acutely the targeting" of his bill, saying he considers it "more than just misguided or accidental general opining. It is directed to my work."

Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas have been attacked relentlessly by the left over perceived ethics concerns.

Chief Justice Roberts was asked to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in April. Roberts declined the request.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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