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Congresswoman Bush Statement Calls for Justice Alito to Resign

 May 24, 2024

Congresswoman Bush Statement Calls for Justice Alito to Resign


Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2024) — Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement calling for the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. 

“It is appalling that Justice Alito and his wife showed public support for the Stop the Steal movement in the days after the January 6th insurrection– while the Court was ruling on a 2020 election case–and as recently as 2023. This scandal is just the latest example of the longstanding corruption of the right-wing justices. The myth of the impartiality of these justices has been dealt yet another blow. At minimum, Justice Alito should recuse himself from all cases related to the 2020 election, the Senate Judiciary Committee should investigate, and depending on the facts, there should be an impeachment inquiry, as is true for Justice Thomas and his scandals. But both Justices Alito and Thomas can spare themselves, the federal judiciary, and our country from further humiliation by resigning now. 

“The corruption of the Supreme Court affects all of us. In the next month, the Court—including its pro-insurrection wing—will rule on access to medication abortion, the rights of unhoused people, and Trump’s claims of immunity against prosecution in connection with January 6th. Their lack of neutrality has been so irrefutably documented that if Congress genuinely wants to restore public confidence in the judiciary, it must remove lawless justices, enact ethics reform, expand the Court, and institute term limits.”

On May 16, 2024, it was revealed that an inverted U.S. flag flew outside the Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, in the days after the January 6th insurrection. The inverted flag was a prominent symbol of support for Donald Trump’s discredited and unlawful attempt to overturn the 2020 election, and was displayed by rioters who stormed the Capitol. During the time the inverted flag was flown at Justice Alito’s home, the Supreme Court was considering whether to hear a 2020 election case; Justice Alito, along with Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, supported the position of Trump and the Pennsylvania Republican Party. 

On May 22, 2024, it was revealed that an “Appeal to Heaven” flag was flown outside the New Jersey home of Justice Alito and Martha-Ann Alito in July and September 2023. The “Appeal to Heaven” flag was also a prominent symbol of support for Trump and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and was similarly displayed by January 6 rioters.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing two cases directly related to Trump’s election subversion efforts, including whether he should receive immunity from prosecution.

In April 2023, Congresswoman Bush called for the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas after a barrage of ethics scandals. Last year, Congresswoman Bush, alongside Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY-12), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Adam Schiff (CA-30), introduced the Judiciary Act of 2023, legislation that would expand the Supreme Court by adding four seats to create a 13-Justice bench.