Democrats Target Another Supreme Court Justice

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( – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), has filed an ethics complaint against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito relating to his recent remarks during an interview. Whitehouse, who had previously served as the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee chairman, claimed that the remarks made by Alito had violated some important judicial ethics.

In his letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Whitehouse requests for a probe to be launched into Alito over his recent comments that criticized Whitehouse’s legislation that would implement ethics reforms in the country’s highest court. He noted that Alito has been part of an “organized campaign” aiming to stop Congress from taking action in a matter that he is personally invested in. He added that whether or not this is intentional or not, is part of the questions that will need to be answered in regards to Alito’s behavior.

The Senator further pointed out that the Supreme Court ought to not be helpless in having control over the ethical obligations that its members are obliged to follow. He added that when there is no process or way of fact-finding then the Supreme Court is left helpless, which is why he is requesting that either the Chief Justice on his own or with the assistance of the Judicial Conference take action to look into this case and find answers for the public.

Alito stated during the interview that the Constitution did not include any provision that would enable Congress to have any regulatory powers over the Supreme Court. He also defended himself in public after admitting that in 2008 he had not included a trip with billionaire Paul Singer in his financial disclosures. However, he argued that the trip did not need to be disclosed.

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