Harlan Crow attends a book release reception by The George W. Bush Institute for "The 4 Percent Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs," on July 17, 2012, in Dallas. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two prominent conservatives who arranged luxury travel and other benefits for Supreme Court justices, but Republicans planned to object to the legitimacy of the action. The panel’s Democratic chairman, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, pushed through the vote in the meeting's final moments Thursday after Republicans walked out of the meeting. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Senate Democrats authorize subpoenas in the Supreme Court ethics probe. GOP won’t back enforcement

Senate Democrats authorize subpoenas in the Supreme Court ethics probe as Republicans stage walkout

By Stephen Groves And Mark Sherman, The Associated Press |

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two prominent conservatives who arranged luxury travel and other benefits for Supreme Court justices, but Republicans challenged the legitimacy of the move and pledged to withhold support for enforcing the legal order.

The committee chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., pushed through the vote in the meeting’s final moments after Republicans had walked out in protest. The vote from the 11 Democrats would authorize subpoenas for Republican megadonor Harlan Crow and conservative activist Leonard Leo. But without bipartisan backing, the subpoenas probably will not be enforced because that would take 60 votes in the closely divided Senate.

Read more of this  story

Visited 45 times, 1 visit(s) today

Comments are closed.