Democrats Strangely Halt Supreme Court Investigation

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( – The Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats abruptly adjourned a meeting without having a vote on the subpoenas for the two conservatives who were involved in arranging the gifts and luxury travel given to the Supreme Court justices.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who is the Democrat chairman, gaveled out after it was made clear by the Republicans on the committee that they would be calling for subpoena votes on Democrat officials and others in protest of the subpoena planned for Republican mega donor Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo, a conservative activist. The top Republican on the committee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, also warned that the hearing was going to be contentious.

Durbin, when faced with the possibility of dealing with hours of debate, opted to gavel out. In a statement following the meeting, he added that there were “scheduling issues” but that they would make another attempt. He added that they were going to continue their efforts to authorize subpoenas and that they would continue to attempt to get authorization for the subpoenas in the future. He further argued that it was not possible for the land’s highest court to “have the lowest ethical standards.”

The Democrats intend to subpoena Leo and Crow over their connection to the organization of the Supreme Court justice’s luxury travel that they had also paid for. This is part of the general investigation into the ethics of the Supreme Court.

The committee is also pushing to set the court’s ethics code, which is a move that three of the nine justices have supported.

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