Late last week, all nine justices of the Supreme Court issued a statement opposing Senate Democrats’ efforts to impose new ethics oversight measures over the country’s highest court. This comes after the political Left attempted to stir up controversy that surround three conservative justices in the past few weeks.
The judges’ statement also contained a letter from the court’s chief justice, John Roberts, to Senate Judicial Committee Chair Richard Durbin (D-IL) stating that he will not be attending a hearing requested by Senate Democrats.
“Testimony by the Chief Justice of the United States before the Senate Judiciary Committee is extremely rare, as one would anticipate in light of the separation of powers concerns along with the importance of maintaining judicial independence,” Roberts stated.
The statement from the nine justices stated that they authored it in order “to offer further clarification to the bar as well as the public regarding the way the Justices handle certain recurring problems and also to put to rest a few common misconceptions.”
The letter then detailed how the judges handle a range of concerns, some of which were even raised in recent left-wing assaults on judges Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch.
“Even though it isn’t explicitly stated, the court appears to be rejecting Democratic legislation that would have required the justices to adhere to the same ethical standards as all other federal judges,” according to the Associated Press report.
The letter also highlighted previous threats against justices, which peaked last year when a leftist allegedly tried to murder three conservative justices.
“A word on security is required. Judges at all levels experience increased threats to their personal safety,” according to the letter. “These threats are amplified in the case of Supreme Court members due to the higher profile of the issues they address. Recent events demonstrate that such threats are not just hypothetical. The Supreme Court Police, United States Marshals, state and local law enforcement, and other agencies are in charge of security. Matters discussed here, including travel, lodging, and disclosure, may at times be subject to security recommendations.”