Senate Panel OKs Subpoenas in SCOTUS Ethics Probe

Without a Republican present, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two private citizens connected to a U.S. Supreme Court ethics investigation involving conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Republicans challenging the legitimacy of the action and frustrated by Committee Chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill., throughout the hearing, walked out before the roll call vote, which ended 11-0 in favor of authorizing subpoenas for conservative donor and billionaire Harlan Crow and conservative activist and lawyer Leonard Leo.

Thomas, 75, the longest-serving justice, has been criticized for receiving gifts from Crow and other donors that he did not disclose on financial forms, even though the Supreme Court did not have any ethics rules in place at the time. Earlier this month, the court established a new code of conduct for justices to follow.

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