Senate Democrats Override Rules to Subpoena Conservative Activists
In a groundbreaking move that has sparked controversy, Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Dick Durbin, bypassed standard Senate procedures to issue subpoenas to conservative activists Leonard Leo and billionaire Harlon Crow. This unprecedented action targets individuals closely linked to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
For several months, Senators Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse have been persistent in their efforts to subpoena Leo and Crow, both private citizens with strong conservative ties. This step marks a significant escalation in the ongoing tensions between Senate Democrats and the Supreme Court’s conservative wing.
Democrats are breaking the Senate Judiciary Committee rules to issue subpoenas as part of a witch hunt against Supreme Court justices they don’t like. pic.twitter.com/J4xquc8HED— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) November 30, 2023
The move comes after Chairman Durbin momentarily halted his pursuit of the subpoenas earlier this month, only to renew his efforts with an assertive vote that disregards traditional Senate processes. In response, Leonard Leo released a statement condemning the action: “Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats have been destroying the Supreme Court; now they are destroying the Senate. I will not cooperate with this unlawful campaign of political retribution.”
Republican members of the Committee have raised objections, arguing that the vote, conducted before noon, renders any subpoenas issued to Leo or Crow invalid. They view this act as an overreach of authority and a breach of Senate norms.
WATCH: Sen. Lindsey Graham BLASTS Dem. Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Democrats’ attempt to attack and undermine the Supreme Court: “I don’t buy anything you just said. I should be really blunt and direct: this is garbage!” pic.twitter.com/0KbSZnAUv7— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 30, 2023
Adding to the controversy, Democrats, while pushing to subpoena friends of conservative justices, have simultaneously blocked similar actions towards staff associated with liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This selective targeting has further intensified the partisan divide within the Committee and raised questions about the impartiality of the Senate’s approach to the judiciary.
This development represents a significant shift in the dynamics of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has the potential to alter the landscape of political and judicial interactions in the United States. As tensions mount, the implications of this decision could reverberate through both legislative and judicial branches.
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