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Tue Jun 11, 2024, 07:37 AM Jun 11

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse requests information about Alito's 'improper' WSJ interview [View all]

Source: NBC News

June 10, 2024, 8:23 PM EDT

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Judiciary Committee, requested information from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito tied to an interview with The Wall Street Journal last year in which Alito questioned whether Congress has the power to impose ethics rules on the Supreme Court.

In the letter made public Friday, Whitehouse, D-R.I., accused Alito of offering in an interview with the paper last year "an improper opinion regarding a question that might come before the Court" amid an ethical dilemma related to donors' funding of undisclosed gifts to Supreme Court justices.

According to the Journal interview, published July 28, Alito had asserted that Congress lacked authority to regulate the high court. “No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court—period," Alito told the newspaper at the time.

Alito's interview appeared weeks after the Journal published his commentary rebutting a ProPublica report detailing his failure to disclose a fishing trip in Alaska with a Republican billionaire. The interview, Whitehouse noted, was conducted by David B. Rivkin, an attorney representing Leonard Leo, who, according to ProPublica's report, coordinated Alito's 2008 trip with GOP donor Robin Arkley II.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/whitehouse-alito-requests-information-wsj-supreme-court-rcna156455

Link to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse LETTER (PDF) - https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Sen.Whitehouse-Justice.Alito-6.7.2024.pdf
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I put this to those who know something about Constitutional law EYESORE 9001 Jun 11 #1
It does not FBaggins Jun 11 #3
So could this be considered investigation of impeachment-worthy actions? EYESORE 9001 Jun 11 #5
Not even close FBaggins Jun 11 #6
Unfortunately Thomas and Alito BlueKota Jun 11 #9
Their lack of shame was never the issue FBaggins Jun 11 #10
It's not the media scrutiny or an orchestrated campaign by BlueKota Jun 11 #11
Feel free to ask yourself why only a handful of Democrats in Congress seem to care FBaggins Jun 11 #12
Because they know they don't have the votes to impeach! BlueKota Jun 11 #13
Sorry... that doesn't come close to explaining it FBaggins Jun 11 #14
You obviously think Alito and Thomas shouldn't be BlueKota Jun 11 #17
I have said no such thing FBaggins Jun 11 #19
It also has the power of the purse, and can expand the size of the Court... Grins Jun 11 #15
The power of the purse is quite limited in this regard FBaggins Jun 11 #18
Nothing in the Constitution says the Justices have to have a funded staff of clerks. Gore1FL Jun 11 #27
That's true... but also irrelevant FBaggins Jun 11 #29
They are co-equal. Ergo, congress and the executive branch would be the winners, I would think. nt Gore1FL Jun 11 #31
It would seem to me if Congress has the power to impeach and remove a justice, it also has the power to Martin68 Jun 11 #24
Of course - but only to the extent that they're involved in impeachment FBaggins Jun 11 #25
If congress has the duty to impeach a justice, then it would seem to logically follow that they can establish ethical Martin68 Jun 11 #28
That does not logically follow at all FBaggins Jun 11 #30
Good for that reporter suckering that MOMFUDSKI Jun 11 #2
Did Whitehouse send a similar letter to Justice Kagan? FBaggins Jun 11 #4
Did you note the difference? BumRushDaShow Jun 11 #7
There's a difference between what Alito said and what Kagan said. cab67 Jun 11 #8
That simply isn't the case FBaggins Jun 11 #16
The founding fathers never thought there would be an ethical problem with a justice Bayard Jun 11 #20
Good idea. BlueKota Jun 11 #21
Of course they did. They impeached their first one about 15 years after creating the process FBaggins Jun 11 #26
Y'know, there are so many other egregious things to go after Alito about Novara Jun 11 #22
Alito's offhand expression of opinions about the ability of Congress to address ethics concerns on the Martin68 Jun 11 #23
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