Mitch tells Democrats to stay AWAY from the Supreme Court: McConnell slams ‘totally inappropriate’ efforts to subpoena billionaires with ties to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in ethics probe

  • Dem-led Judiciary Committee will vote to subpoena Harlan Crow, Leonard Leo,  and Robert Arkey 
  • Both have ties to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito
  • ‘What he’s targeting here is private citizens with no legislative purpose. I think it’s completely and totally inappropriate,’ McConnell said at a news conference

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democratic efforts to subpoena prominent Supreme Court-tied billionaires and a judicial activist as ‘totally inappropriate.’ 

Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin announced his Democrat-led committee plans  to vote to subpoena prominent billionaires with close ties to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced this week, to probe their close ties to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. 

‘What he’s targeting here is private citizens with no legislative purpose. I think it’s completely and totally inappropriate,’ McConnell said at a news conference. 

Real estate magnate Harlan Crow, mortgage company owner Robert Arkley and Federalist Society Leonard Leo will all be the target of Democratic subpoenas. 

A bombshell ProPublica report in April laid out how Crow treated Thomas to luxury vacations over the course of their 20-year friendship. In June, the outlet reported Alito was a guest of Arkley at his luxury fishing lodge in Alaska for free in 2008.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democratic efforts to subpoena prominent Supreme Court-tied billionaires and a judicial activist as ‘totally inappropriate’

Clarence Thomas

Harlan Crow

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (left) disclosed that Republican billionaire Harlan Crow (right) paid for a trio of his private flights in financial disclosure forms that were released Thursday

Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin announced his Democrat-led committee plans to vote to subpoena prominent billionaires with close ties to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced this week, to probe their close ties to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito

Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin announced his Democrat-led committee plans to vote to subpoena prominent billionaires with close ties to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced this week, to probe their close ties to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito

Leo, an influential conservative judicial activist, arranged for Thomas’ wife Ginni to be paid tens of thousands of dollars in 2012 with instructions for her name to be kept off the paperwork, the Washington Post reported in May. 

Leo asked Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway to bill non-profit Judicial Education Project and use the money to pay Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas. In the same year, the non-profit, the Judicial Education Project, filed a brief in a major voting rights case.

Leo has gone on vacation with Thomas at Crow’s Camp Topridge resort in the Adirondacks, and who helped organize Alito’s fishing vacation in Alaska. 

A painting at the private lakeside resort shows Crow, Leo and Thomas smoking cigars together in a relaxed outdoor setting.

Leo, who is a key figure in a network of groups that support the nominations of conservative judges including the Federalist Society

Leo, who is a key figure in a network of groups that support the nominations of conservative judges including the Federalist Society

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shows a painting of Clarence Thomas (second from right) and Harlan Crow (right) gathered at Crow's Adirondacks resort, Camp Topridge. The painting is on display at the New York property

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shows a painting of Clarence Thomas (second from right) and Harlan Crow (right) gathered at Crow’s Adirondacks resort, Camp Topridge. The painting is on display at the New York property 

A picture of the boathouse at Camp Topridge, the private Adirondacks resort owned by billionaire Harlan Crow. Camp Topridge is invitation-only and has some unusual features including a recreation of Hagrid from Harry Potter's hut

A picture of the boathouse at Camp Topridge, the private Adirondacks resort owned by billionaire Harlan Crow. Camp Topridge is invitation-only and has some unusual features including a recreation of Hagrid from Harry Potter’s hut 

Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin said Tuesday the subpoenas are ‘the next step in the committee’s ongoing investigation of the ethics of the Supreme Court.’

It only comes after Mr. Crow refused to comply with committee requests and Mr. Leo and Arkley stonewalled the committee,’ he said. 

Durbin, in a joint statement with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., argued Democrats were issuing subpoenas in furtherance of their Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal and Transparency Act, a bill to require Supreme Court Justices to adopt a code of conduct that advanced out of committee in July. 

‘It is imperative that we understand the full extent of how people with interests before the Court are able to use undisclosed gifts to gain private access to the justices.’

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