Political party that wants to remake SCOTUS says it cares about ethics

Political party that wants to remake SCOTUS says it cares about ethics

Political party that wants to remake SCOTUS says it cares about ethics

Troubling accusations are pouring in about Justice Clarence Thomas over his longtime friendship with an influential billionaire, and how the justice benefited from it, but what Democrats are calling a demand for justice and transparency is being described as a political hit job.

“This assault on Justice Thomas is well beyond ethics,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, angrily told Democrat senators. “It is about trying to delegitimize a conservative court that was appointed through the traditional process.”

Regardless of the accusations against Thomas, which are documented and a long list, Sen. Graham’s description of his Democrat colleagues is documented, too. The right-leaning majority on the court frustrated the Far Left during Donald Trump’s presidency to the point Democrats were willing to publicly accuse then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh of participating in drunken gang rapes as a high school student. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party, couldn’t describe the time or place of the attack, and supposed witnesses couldn’t corroborate her claims, but Democrats publicly praised her “bravery” and demanded that Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination.

At that Kavanaugh hearing five years ago, Sen. Graham lashed out at his Democrat colleagues in a fiery speech that called the attacks on Kavanaugh the worst “unethical sham” he had witnessed in politics.

“What you want to do,” he told Democrats, “is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020.”

Last year, a year ago this month, the leaked Dobbs abortion ruling sent Democrats over the edge again. Abortion-worshipping Democrats were already demanding the right-leaning court must be “reformed” by adding more justices, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade poured gasoline on their howls of protest.

"I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh," Sen. Chuck Schumer angrily threatened outside the Supreme Court building. "You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

“I’m overwhelmed with anger and pain," DNC chair Jaime Harrison said. "This illegitimate Supreme Court filled with political extremists just struck a blow to American freedom.” 

Angered by the Dobbs ruling, left-wing protesters have been marching in front of the justices’ homes. Those protests violate federal law because they are a form of intimidation but the Department of Justice is allowing them.  

Even when a 22-year-old traveled from California to Virginia planning to kill Kavanaugh at his home over the Dobbs ruling, the planned assassination of a Supreme Court justice was ignored by the Left or downplayed because he did not get near the home.

Citing the ethical accusations against Justice Thomas, Democrats are now threatening to withhold $10 million from the court’s next fiscal year budget unless current ethics rules are improved and strengthened. That demand for better ethics rules might seem reasonable in light of the accusations but Republicans are accusing Democrats of attempting to gain some power and authority over the court, violating the separation of powers.

In an unusual “Statement on Ethics, Principles and Practices” signed April 25 by all nine justices, the high court defended its own code of conduct and stated the justices consult a “wide variety of authorities to address specific ethical issues.”

Back in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Sen. Graham reminded Democrats their own left-leaning justice, Harvard alum Elena Kagan, is facing her own ethical dilemma after she has raised tens of millions of dollars on behalf of her alma mater. 

"There's a case involving Harvard before the court. She's not going to recuse herself," he pointed out. "There's a very selective outrage here."