Senate Democrats to Vote on Authorizing Subpoenas to Influential Conservatives with Ties to the US Supreme Court

Senate Democrats are set to vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas to a pair of influential conservatives with ties to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of an ethics inquiry spurred by reports of undisclosed largesse directed to some conservative justices. The move is part of an ongoing investigation into the nation’s highest court following a series of stories this year about transparency and ethics that raised questions about whether Thomas and other justices have flouted some rules.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating whether conservative justices and donors have used undisclosed gifts to gain access to the justices. The proposed subpoenas would target two major conservative players close to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito: Leonard Leo, the co-chairman of the board of the influential Federalist Society, and Republican donor Harlan Crow. The subpoenas would require the two men to provide information about their roles in organizing and paying for luxury travel for Supreme Court justices.

The proposed subpoenas have been met with opposition from Republicans, who argue that the investigation is politically motivated and that it could lead to a flood of baseless claims against the Supreme Court. They also argue that the subpoenas would violate the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government.

The outcome of the vote could have significant implications for the ongoing investigation into the Supreme Court and for the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government. Supporters of the subpoenas say that they are necessary to ensure transparency and accountability in the nation’s highest court. Opponents, however, argue that they are an example of frivolous litigation and that they could lead to a flood of baseless claims against the Supreme Court.

  • Senate Democrats are set to vote on Thursday on whether to authorize subpoenas to two influential conservatives with ties to the US Supreme Court.
  • The subpoenas are part of an ethics inquiry into reports of undisclosed largesse directed to some conservative justices.
  • The vote on the subpoenas is expected to be close.
  • Democrats need 51 votes to pass the measure, but they only have a narrow majority in the Senate.
  • Republicans are expected to oppose the subpoenas, arguing that they are a politically motivated witch hunt.

Senate Democrats are set to vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas to a pair of influential conservatives with ties to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of an ethics inquiry spurred by reports of undisclosed largesse directed to some conservative justices. The proposed subpoenas would target two major conservative players close to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito: Leonard Leo, the co-chairman of the board of the influential Federalist Society, and Republican donor Harlan Crow. The outcome of the vote could have significant implications for the ongoing investigation into the Supreme Court and for the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government.

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