The Democratic members of the U.S. Senate conducting an ethics investigation of members of the U.S. Supreme Court are preparing to take the subsequent step in their inquiry.
According to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who is presiding over the Senate Judiciary Committee responsible for spearheading the investigation, this next step involves issuing subpoenas to Harlan Crow, Leonard Leo, and Robin Arkley.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting an investigation following several reports which exposed that certain justices had accepted undisclosed benefits from wealthy individuals such as Crow and Arkley.
According to Fox News, these individuals are notable Republican donors and Leo is a well-known activist linked to gifts given to Supreme Court justices.
The reports further insinuated that the justices may have been swayed in their rulings due to those benefits; however, this has yet to be proven.
Senate Democrats have seized upon these reports to initiate their investigation, aiming to gain control of the Supreme Court under the guise of court reform. In order to further this inquiry, Senator Durbin has issued subpoenas for Crow, Leo, and Arkley.
On October 30, 2023, Senator Durbin released a press statement outlining the subsequent actions of his committee.
There, he wrote:
In order to adequately address this crisis, it is imperative that we understand the full extent of how people with interests before the Court are able to use undisclosed gifts to gain private access to the justices. The inquiries the Committee has sent to Harlan Crow, Leonard Leo, and Robin Arkley are critical to this work.
Chief Justice John Roberts has made it clear that he will not tolerate any attack on members of his court, which appears to be the impetus behind Durbin’s claim that the subpoenas are necessary due to Crow, Leo, and Arkley’s intransigence.
It remains unclear how these subpoenas will play out or how the investigation by the committee will progress.