NOW: Chief Justice Rejects Dems

( – In a bold and perfectly justified move snubbing leftist impudence, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has formally declined an invitation from Democratic senators to discuss what the left portrays as a controversy surrounding flags displayed outside Justice Samuel Alito’s residence.

These flags have been associated with the “stop the steal” movement, National Review reports.

“I must respectfully decline your request for a meeting,” Roberts conveyed in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

They had previously reached out to Roberts, urging him to persuade Justice Alito to withdraw from any legal proceedings related to the January 6 events at the US Capitol or former President Donald Trump’s campaign to contest the 2020 election results.

Roberts elucidated in his letter that “apart from ceremonial events, only on rare occasions in our Nation’s history has a sitting Chief Justice met with legislators, even in a public setting (such as a Committee hearing) with members of both major political parties present.”

“Separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence counsel against such appearances. Moreover, the format proposed—a meeting with leaders of only one party who have expressed an interest in matters currently pending before the Court — simply underscores that participating in such a meeting would be inadvisable,” he declared.

In a separate correspondence, Alito also declined requests from congressional members for his recusal in cases involving Donald Trump and the January 6 events, attributing the flags displayed by his wife— an inverted American flag and an “Appeal to Heaven” flag—to personal circumstances unrelated to the political meanings ascribed to them.

He explained that the inverted flag was a result of a neighborhood dispute in Virginia, and his wife was unaware of the political connotations of the “Appeal to Heaven” flag when it was flown at their New Jersey beach house.

Roberts also noted that the decision to recuse lies with the individual justices, who are currently deliberating over two cases tied to the Capitol riot. One pertains to charges against the participants, and another examines whether Trump is shielded from prosecution over election interference claims.

Additionally, Democrat US Rep. Jamie Raskin criticized what he claimed was the US Supreme Court’s lack of mandatory ethical standards in a New York Times op-ed, arguing for a more forceful approach than merely requesting justices to act ethically.

He suggested that the Department of Justice, including the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, a special counsel, and the Solicitor General, could legally compel Justices Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves through the due process clause of the US Constitution and federal statute 28 USC Section 455, which mandates judicial disqualification in cases of questionable impartiality.

Contrastingly, Dan McLaughlin of National Review critiqued Raskin’s proposition, arguing that it misconstrues the separation of powers defined in the Constitution and contradicts longstanding legal precedents.

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