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Florida Democratic Rep. Maxwell Frost: Impeach 2 conservative Supreme Court justices

Kirby Wilson, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Political News

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a Democratic U.S. representative from Florida, is backing the progressive-led push to have two conservative Supreme Court justices impeached.

Articles of impeachment drafted by Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York accused Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito of failing to disclose gifts from wealthy supporters and refusing to recuse themselves from high-profile cases in which the justices had a conflict of interest.

“Justice Thomas and Alito’s repeated failure over decades to disclose that they received millions of dollars in gifts from individuals with business before the court is explicitly against the law,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement.

Frost, 27, is a co-sponsor of the impeachment articles. He’s an Orlando-area Democrat who in 2022 became the first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress.

In an interview, Frost said the impeachments were just one step of many reforms he’d like to see on the court. He also supports creating a code of ethics for justices, adding justices to the court and imposing term limits.

“Our Supreme Court is completely corrupt,” Frost said. “I think it’s important that the American people see we don’t think this is OK.”

 

The impeachment push is almost certainly dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Even if impeachment somehow won favor in the lower chamber, the U.S. Senate would have to vote by a two-thirds margin to convict the justices.

Some 15 federal judges have been impeached by the House. However, just one U.S. Supreme Court justice was ever subject to the process — in 1804. He was acquitted by the Senate.

Earlier this week, two Democratic senators called for a special counsel to investigate Thomas over his undisclosed gifts. The investigative journalism site ProPublica reported last year that Thomas took dozens of vacations and private jet flights and received other expensive gifts — all furnished by wealthy friends. Ethics experts told the outlet Thomas likely violated the law by leaving many of the gifts off disclosure forms.

Alito was gifted a luxury salmon fishing trip by a billionaire hedge fund manager and Republican megadonor in 2008, Propublica reported. He didn’t disclose that trip, either. Nor did he recuse himself from future business involving that hedge fund manager, Paul Singer, the outlet found.

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