Justice Alito refuses to recuse himself despite suspicions of pro-Trump bias | Donald Trump facing justice

One of the most conservative justices on the US Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from cases involving former President Donald Trump despite a controversy over the display of flags at his home and second home.

In a letter dated May 23, two influential Democratic senators, Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse, urged conservative-majority Chief Justice John Roberts to get Justice Alito to recuse himself from these cases.

The display of symbols associated with Trumpism by this magistrate creates an appearance of inappropriate behavior and a reasonable doubt as to his impartiality in certain cases before the Court, they wrote.

In a letter published Wednesday, Justice Alito replied that the two incidents mentioned do not meet the conditions required for a challenge and that it is therefore in obligation to reject their request.

He assures again that his wife was solely responsible of the hoisting of controversial flags and asks to respect his freedom of expression. The magistrate claims to have asked him to remove the flag from their home, but she refused for several days.

On his network Truth SocialDonald Trump greeted intelligence, courage and guts manifested by this decision of Justice Alito.


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Donald Trump praised the “courage” of Justice Alito. (Archive photo)

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Trumpist symbols

THE New York Times revealed on May 16 that in January 2021, for several days before the inauguration of Democratic President Joe Biden, an upside-down American flag was raised in front of Samuel Alito’s house in the suburbs of Washington.

Originally a distress signal in the military, flying an upside-down flag has become a sign of political protest. This symbol was taken up in 2021 by Trumpists to express support for Donald Trump’s assertions that the last election was to him. stolen.


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An “Appeal to Heaven” flag hangs at the entrance to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s office.

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Then, on May 22, the daily reported a flag Appeal to Heaven”,”text”:”Appeal to Heaven”}}”>Appeal to Heaven (Call to Heaven) which floated outside the couple’s vacation home in the New Jersey. This standard dating from the American War of Independence has recently become a symbol of support for Donald Trump as well as a symbol of Christian nationalism in the United States.

Justice Alito says neither he nor his wife knew of any connection between this flag and the contested results of the 2020 election.

My wife likes to raise flags, but I don’t.

A quote from Samuel Alito, Justice of the American Supreme Court

This controversy erupted at a time when this divided country is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the criminal immunity invoked by the ex-president in order to obtain the annulment of the federal proceedings against him for attempts to illegally invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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