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BRATKING Ocasio Cortez files articles of impeachment against Alito and Thomas

CNN — Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has introduced articles of impeachment against conservative Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas over their failure to disclose gifts they have received while serving on the court – a messaging move that will surely fail in the GOP-controlled House.

“Justice Thomas and Alito’s repeated failure over decades to disclose that they received millions of dollars in gifts from individuals with business before the court is explicitly against the law,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement. “And their refusal to recuse from the specific matters and cases before the court in which their benefactors and spouses are implicated represents nothing less than a constitutional crisis.”

“Congress has a legal, moral, and democratic obligation to impeach,” she said.

This is the latest example of House Democrats – led by some of their highest-profile members – prioritizing the Supreme Court in their campaign year messaging. They’ve previously signaled that, if they regain control of the House, they’d use the power of the gavel to investigate alleged ethical lapses by the justices.

Alongside Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Ocasio-Cortez hosted a panel on Supreme Court ethics last month that previewed how House Democrats would ramp up investigations into the justices should they gain a Democratic majority in the chamber this fall. Raskin is not a co-sponsor to the New York Democrat’s impeachment articles, but several other progressives joined her in introducing the articles. They include Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Delia Ramirez of Illinois, Maxwell Frost of Florida, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Jasmine Crockett of Texas.

Other legislation attempting to regulate the Supreme Court through an enforceable ethics code or expanding the number of justices on the bench has been introduced in the House. The bills aimed at the high court have little chance of success while Republicans control the House and can block legislation in the Senate with the filibuster.

Still, Ocasio-Cortez’s impeachment attempt is the most aggressive proposal by Democrats to crack down on a Supreme Court they believe is engaging in inappropriate conduct. Earlier this week, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon called for Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the hospitality Thomas received from his wealthy friends violated various laws.

Thomas has come under fire for failing to report on annual financial disclosures luxury travel enjoyed by him and his wife that was bankrolled by a GOP megadonor. It was also revealed last year that Alito flew on a private jet in 2008 owned by a hedge fund manager who had connections to cases before the court. Both justices have denied running afoul of the ethics and financial disclosure protocols followed by the justices.

Last year, under intense public and congressional pressure, the Supreme Court rolled out its own code of ethics, but the court leaves it to the individual justices to police his or her own compliance.

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by Anonymousreply 21July 11, 2024 11:25 AM

She’s still all about the drama. An empty gesture.

by Anonymousreply 1July 10, 2024 11:04 PM

An empty gesture at this point is better than nothing. And yes, I'm lookin' at you, Merrick.

by Anonymousreply 2July 10, 2024 11:10 PM

Which one of you bitches is trying to make "BRATKING" happen? Please stop. I beg you.

by Anonymousreply 3July 10, 2024 11:12 PM

R2, thanks. Fuck that eunuch.

by Anonymousreply 4July 10, 2024 11:12 PM

R1, do you think we should've just skipped past BOTH Trump impeachments? AOC knows full well there's zero chance of impeaching them. The *point* is to keep people's attention aimed at SCOTUS for its myriad appalling holdings that are now quite literally jeopardizing Western democracy. A-OK with me.

by Anonymousreply 5July 10, 2024 11:13 PM

R3 in this case is appropriate,

R5 if the Democrats win in November they could be reintroduced next year,

by Anonymousreply 6July 10, 2024 11:19 PM

R1 the dnc trained you well with that do nothing loser attitude

by Anonymousreply 7July 10, 2024 11:24 PM

Everyone people don’t like should have articles of impeachment filed against them.

by Anonymousreply 8July 11, 2024 12:03 AM

R6, I'd suggest extracting your head from your ass. There is zero chance the Dems will gain supermajority control of the House *and* Senate, short of some sort of miracle like Trump's pee pee tape finally surfacing.

by Anonymousreply 9July 11, 2024 12:17 AM

Meanwhile, her constituency is being overrun with illegals and sucking up taxpayer money like water.

by Anonymousreply 10July 11, 2024 12:21 AM

[quote]Meanwhile, her constituency is being overrun with illegals and sucking up taxpayer money like water.

You aren't even trying anymore, r10.

by Anonymousreply 11July 11, 2024 12:26 AM

R10, oh, come on. That is something that is important? Please

by Anonymousreply 12July 11, 2024 12:40 AM

Now you know why New Yorkers call AOC "All Out Crazy" . When Amazon wanted to open a warehouse in Queens giving 5,000 jobs to her constituents, she ranted and raved against them for being non-union. The jobs went to Staten Island.

by Anonymousreply 13July 11, 2024 1:08 AM

I'm glad that someone is trying to do something.

by Anonymousreply 14July 11, 2024 1:09 AM

R13, you're omitting quite a few details, like Amazon believing they should be entitled to basically free use of either LIC or Roosevelt Island, and NYC offering multi-BILLION-dollar "incentives" (a.k.a. bribes). I'm also guessing it hasn't occurred to you that Amazon's now mostly remote, so all of that massive amount of office space would likely be sitting empty today.

by Anonymousreply 15July 11, 2024 1:11 AM

About effing time! Grease the wheels of impeachment.

by Anonymousreply 16July 11, 2024 2:15 AM

Watch yourself baby girl.........

by Anonymousreply 17July 11, 2024 2:19 AM

[Quote] An empty gesture at this point is better than nothing. And yes, I'm lookin' at you, Merrick.

Did you learn nothing from trumps first impeachment? Because it was doomed to fail from the start, no conviction being possible, it did nothing but increase his popularity.

This one is even more self-defeating, in a Republican controlled house.

By the way, who kept demanding that Trump be impeached the first time? Can I supply three initials? A O C. Nancy knew it would be counterproductive. As usual, Nancy was right.

by Anonymousreply 18July 11, 2024 3:54 AM

Regardless these judges should not be able to get away with this. The upside down flag, egregious rulings to get the fat one out of sedition and insurrection and out in the open bribes are horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 19July 11, 2024 3:57 AM

R13 rethuglicans love to rave about the underpaying jobs they 'create' so poor people can move laterally from one thing to another - and pretend it has something to do with upward mobility.

by Anonymousreply 20July 11, 2024 11:24 AM

amazon looked into the legality of putting shock collars on warehouse workers to buzz you if you take longer than expected in the bathroom

by Anonymousreply 21July 11, 2024 11:25 AM
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