McConnell Fends Off Democrat Attacks

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( – On Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) defended the Supreme Court against Democrats who have been calling for judicial ethics legislation to be passed or even for Justice Clarence Thomas to potentially be impeached following the revelation that he had failed to disclose a number of gifts and trips gifted to him by a billionaire and Republican donor.

In his first leadership press conference since his return to Congress following his over five weeks long absence from Congress after suffering a concussion on March 8, that “The Supreme Court and the court system is a whole separate part of our Constitution” and that the Democrats are putting their attention towards criticizing specific members of the court as well as the entire institution.

He proceeded to allege that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had threatened conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh during an abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court in 2020 when Schumer had stated that if Roe v. Wade is overturned then the Justices “won’t know what hit.” According to McConnell, Schumer also specifically called out these justices by their name and even threatened them.

He continued by stating that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not appear concerned with any “security issues around the homes of Supreme Court members” following the leaking of the draft opinion of the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe.

He proceeded to state that Chief Justice John Roberts would be able to completely handle this ethical issue internally.

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