McConnell Finally Stands Up To Democrats

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( – Senate Minority Leader McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) is claiming that the Democrats were attempting to interfere with the judicial independence of the Supreme Court, which under the Constitution falls under its own branch. He proceeded to warn Senate Democrats to “stay out” of the Supreme Court’s business.

On Wednesday, McConnell told the Hill that Congress should not dictate what the Supreme Court does. He proceeded to claim that the chief justice would handle the ethics issues and that Congress should not interfere by attempting to tell the Supreme Court how the issues should be handled.

The Supreme Court is currently made up of nine members, five of whom are conservatives and three are liberals. It is led by Chief Justice John Roberts. McConnell expressed his confidence in Roberts and his ability to handle the issues. In the meantime, conservative Justice Samuel Alito recently rejected the ProPublica report which resulted in many questioning the ethics of the court, claiming that it was “misleading.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, Democrat-Ill., and chair of the Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat-R.I., are planning on introducing legislation that would set the ethics for the Supreme Court. According to a statement they released, the highest court “should not have the lowest ethical standards” and yet that has been the case with the Supreme Court for years. They added that it was time for that to change and that once Congress returns from the July 4th recess they are intending on introducing the Supreme Court ethics legislation.

They added that Chief Justice Roberts has the time to act before the legislation is introduced, but that if he does not take action then Congress will.

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