Senate Democrats ask for Alito to be recused from Supreme Court ethics and tax cases

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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Chief Justice John Roberts in a new letter sent Thursday to take “appropriate steps” to ensure that Justice Samuel Alito recuse himself from any future legal disputes that might arise concerning pending congressional legislation that regulates the Supreme Court.

The letter comes after Alito said in a Wall Street Journal interview that Congress should stay out of the Supreme Court’s business and stop trying to impose ethics rules on justices and clerks.

“Congress did not create the Supreme Court,” Alito said in the interview. “I know this is a controversial view, but I’m willing to say it. No provision in the Constitution gives them the authority to regulate the Supreme Court – period.”

A string of news stories criticizing the court for a lack of transparency and disclosure, spurred committee Democrats to advance legislation in late July meant to create a code of ethics directed specifically at the Supreme Court.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and other Democrats argue that “by opining on the constitutionality of legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate” Alito likely violated a Statement of Ethics the court released in April by “creating an appearance of impropriety in the minds of reasonable members of the public.”

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