Chief Justice John Roberts Tells Democrats to Pound Sand, Declines to Testify at Senate’s Supreme Court Ethics Hearing

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has told Democrat senators to pound sand and declined an invitation to testify at a congressional hearing on ethics rules for members of the SCOTUS.

Roberts overruled Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and said if he came it would pose a threat to judicial independence.

Roberts wrote: “Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Chief Justice of the United States is exceedingly rare, as one might expect in light of separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence.”

Durbin said, “I am surprised that the Chief Justice’s recounting of existing legal standards of ethics suggests current law is adequate and ignores the obvious.

“The actions of one Justice, including trips on yachts and private jets, were not reported to the public.

“That same Justice failed to disclose the sale of properties he partly owned to a party with interests before the Supreme Court.

“It is time for Congress to accept its responsibility to establish an enforceable code of ethics for the Supreme Court, the only agency of our government without it.

“Make no mistake: Supreme Court ethics reform must happen when the Court participates in the process or not.”

Gabe Roth, of the judicial watchdog group Fix the Court, said in a statement: “Make no mistake: Roberts’ statement is nowhere near an appropriate response to the ethical failures of the current Court.

“Roberts here is demonstrating a profound ineptitude to rise to the occasion, and our country is worse for it.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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