Raskin, Dems launch new assault on SCOTUS over Alito flag flap

Leftist animus for constitutionally adherent judges found new footing with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s flag.

“…it’s a very clear conflict of interest.”

(Video: MSNBC)

With little more than a month left in the current term for the Supreme Court, a number of cases remain yet to be decided, including one regarding former President Donald Trump’s claim of immunity to charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

As such, after The New York Times released a story about Old Glory’s upside-down display outside the home of the jurist, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin (D) attempted to leverage the incident toward expanded regulation of the judicial branch.

“What we need is to have, at the very least, an ethics panel of Federal Circuit judges from around the country who we can bring complaints to of bias in the event, in the very likely event that Justice Alito does not decide to heed the calls to recuse himself from this case,” argued the ranking member of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee on MSNBC’s “The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”

“But it’s a very clear conflict of interest,” claimed the congressman.

As previously reported, the Times had drawn the connection of the flag to the “Stop the Steal” movement after the 2020 presidential election and stated, “as some Trump supporters falsely claimed that President Biden had stolen the office, many of them displayed a startling symbol outside their homes, on their cars and in online posts: an upside-down American flag.”

The newspaper also included Alito’s statement on the flag that explained, “I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag. It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

That statement and corroborating interviews about Martha-Ann Alito being in dispute with a neighbor highlighted by the Times were disregarded by the congressman who asserted to Capehart, “If it were not a very clear political symbol whose meaning is well understood, Justice Alito would not have gone to great pains to blame everything on his wife.”

Having previously signed a letter with other Democrats calling for investigations of Alito and fellow justice Clarence Thomas for alleged ethics violations regarding trips taken with conservative billionaires, Raskin used the flag story to promote H.R. 8098, dubbed the “Judicial Ethics Enforcement Act of 2024” that would authorize an Inspector General for the judicial branch.

Among the powers granted to such an individual, the proposed legislation would allow the subpoena of “records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents…enforceable by civil action,” the punishment or discipline of members of the judiciary found to have been in violation of rules and the ability to “recommend changes in laws or regulations governing the judicial branch”

Claiming an unwarranted moral high ground, Raskin suggested, “If you’re in the U.S. House of Representatives or you’re from U.S. Senate, you know, members don’t even go to Starbucks and accept free coffee from a lobbyist. But if you’re on the Supreme Court, there are members taking automobiles, stagecoaches, private school tuition for family members, they’re helping to pay for family members’ property.”

“It’s like you know, the billionaire sugar daddies, who are in that Federalist Society ecosystem are able to fasten on to particular justices,” he added as he called for both Thomas and Alito to recuse themselves from any case related to the 2020 presidential election.

Kevin Haggerty

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