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 July 29, 2023

Justice Alito responds to Democrats' attempt to push new SCOTUS ethics code

Democrats have worked endlessly to alter the makeup and operation of the U.S. Supreme Court ever since former President Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices to give the high court a strong conservative majority. 

According to the Daily Caller, members of Congress have recently tried to push the idea of passing an ethics reform bill that applies to the Supreme Court, and some of the justices, including Justice Samuel Alito, are already fighting back.

In a bombshell Wall Street Journal interview, Alito insisted that the U.S. Constitution contains "no provisions" for Congress to assert the authority to pass such a bill.

"Congress did not create the Supreme Court," Alito told the WSJ. "I know this is a controversial view, but I’m willing to say it."

He added, "No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court — period."

The Daily Caller noted:

Just last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s Supreme Court ethics legislation to the full senate.

Republicans argue that it's simply the latest attempt by Democrats to impose their will on the high court, which happens to come in the wake of several high-profile conservative victories at the highest level of the court system.

Justices on both sides of the aisle have been heavily targeted by their political opposites in being accused of ethical violations.

Earlier this year, Chief Justice John Roberts turned down an invitation from Senate Democrat Dick Durbin (IL) to discuss installing a new ethics code for the high court. Roberts instead returned a letter informing Durbin that the court already follows a long-established ethics code.

The Daily Caller noted:

Roberts included with his letter to Durbin a statement signed by all nine justices clarifying the Supreme Court’s ethics principles. The statement says the Supreme Court voluntarily adopted a resolution to follow Judicial Conference Regulations for the lower courts in 1991, including its financial disclosure requirements.

Social media erupted after Alito's comments, with many supporting the current Supreme Court and its separation from Congress.

"Congress should be concerned about its own ethics," one X user wrote.

Only time will tell if Congress tries to push the measure, but it would have a difficult, if not impossible, chance at passing in the Republican-controlled House.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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