Ted Cruz Slams Left’s Attacks on Supreme Court, Leonard Leo

FIRST ON THE DAILY SIGNAL—Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the Left’s assaults on Federalist Society Board co-Chairman Leonard Leo and different conservative pals of Supreme Courtroom justices as an try and undermine the Structure itself.

“From Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s court-packing scheme to the assaults on Justice Clarence Thomas, and from the smear ways used to defame Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the libels towards Leonard Leo, Democrats will cease at nothing to delegitimize the Supreme Courtroom,” Cruz, R-Texas, advised The Every day Sign in an announcement Wednesday.

Leo, as co-chair of the Federalist Society’s board of administrators, helps lead a premiere authorized group advocating for an originalist and textualist interpretation of the Structure. Former President Donald Trump consulted with the Federalist Society to pick out his Supreme Courtroom nominees.

“See these Democrat assaults for what they’re—a full-on assault on our Structure,” Cruz added. “Democrats hate our system of separation of powers, and they’re keen to burn down the Supreme Courtroom to perform their objectives.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Unwell., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., introduced Monday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to authorize issuing subpoenas to Leo and rich Republican donors Harlan Crow and Robin Arkley II. Crow has offered flights and lodge stays for Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas, and Arkley has hosted Justice Samuel Alito and Leo at his personal lodge.

Durbin, who chairs the committee, and Whitehouse, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Company Motion, and Federal Rights, condemned Supreme Court justices for purportedly accepting “lavish, undisclosed presents” and thereby enabling “their rich benefactors and different people with enterprise earlier than the courtroom to achieve non-public entry to the justices.”

“The Supreme Courtroom is in an moral disaster of its personal making,” the Democrats stated. “Due to investigative reporting, we now know that for many years, some justices have been becoming a member of billionaires with enterprise earlier than the Courtroom on their non-public planes and yachts or receiving presents akin to non-public faculty tuition for a member of the family.”

Durbin and Whitehouse referred to a collection of articles “exposing” the non-public relationships between Supreme Courtroom justices and conservative leaders like Leo.

The opening salvo, ProPublica’s article about Thomas’ failure to reveal a transaction with Crow, a billionaire actual property tycoon, exaggerated Thomas’ mistake, which the justice went on to right.

The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto famous that the left-leaning shops operating breathless “ethics” tales on the Supreme Courtroom create a “heads-I-win, tails-you-lose” state of affairs.

“For those who observe the principles completely, ‘ethics specialists’ will fault you for failing to reveal when it isn’t required and for what you disclose when it’s,” Taranto famous.

Critics have famous that the ethics assaults look like an orchestrated marketing campaign to undermine the courtroom because it strikes in an originalist path. Professional-abortion activists opposed the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group (2022), which struck down Roe v. Wade (1973) and allowed states to make their very own legal guidelines on abortion. LGBTQ campaigners have demonized the courtroom’s rulings upholding free speech and non secular freedom in instances the place Christians have refused to grant their inventive assist to have a good time same-sex weddings.

After Joe Biden gained the 2020 presidential election, Democrats within the Home and Senate drafted laws to nominate new Supreme Courtroom justices. Biden created a presidential fee on the courtroom to research judicial reform, however that effort seems to not be headed towards any concrete modifications.

In lieu of structural modifications to the Supreme Courtroom, it appears many on the Left have resorted to attacking the courtroom’s present members by insinuating impropriety with out highlighting any clear quid professional quos.

Critics, amongst them Cruz, declare that Democrats’ actual concern isn’t with corruption however with the courtroom’s rulings on hot-button points like abortion. But these rulings are rooted in constitutional rules. Dobbs, for instance, didn’t amend the Structure to repeal a proper to abortion. Slightly, in that case, the courtroom concluded that Roe v. Wade was wrongly determined and that the Structure doesn’t bar state legal guidelines on abortion.

Against this, earlier Supreme Courtroom majorities twisted the Structure to seek out new rights, such because the Roe proper to abortion, the place they don’t exist within the plain textual content of the doc, originalists declare. The Left revolted towards the courtroom when it deserted this apply in favor of dedication to the unique public that means of the Structure, originalists say.

As such, by insinuating corruption on the Supreme Courtroom, the Left is undermining not solely the justices appointed by Republican presidents akin to Donald Trump, however the Structure itself, Cruz says.

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