McConnell Finds A Spine, Threatens Democrats

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( – On Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) stated that it was “totally inappropriate” for Senate Democrats to have issued subpoenas against two Republican billionaires and one conservative activist over their connection to Supreme Court Justices.

McConnell in his statement during the press conference stated that his Democratic colleagues needed to back off of the Supreme Court. This statement came after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced that his committee was going to issue subpoenas against two people who were tied with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

He added that the people the Democrats were targeting were private citizens and that they did not have a legislative purpose. He further noted that it was “inappropriate” for them to be targeted.

On Monday, Durbin along with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Federal Courts Chair Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) announced that they were going to vote for the authorization of the subpoenas for Harlan Crow, a real estate billionaire, and Robin Arkley II, a mortgage company owner. The two had offered hospitality to Thomas and Alito respectively according to reports.

In April ProPublica released a report stating that for over two decades, Thomas had accepted luxury vacations from Crow. In June a similar report came out noting that Arkley had offered hospitality to Alito who had joined him in his Alaska luxury fishing lodge.

Durbin also stated that a subpoena would be issued for Federalist Society Leader Leonard Leo, who had previously vacationed with Thomas in the Camp Topridge resort owned by Crow. He had also been a part of organizing Alito’s trip to Alaska.

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