Supreme Court ethics probe escalates with Leonard Leo, Harlan Crow subpoenas set for Senate approval

Posted on AllSides November 9th, 2023
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Carolyn Kaster | AP

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Thursday to approve subpoenas for two influential conservative political figures: judicial activist Leonard Leo and Harlan Crow, a Republican megadonor whose close friendship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has drawn intense scrutiny.

The panel’s Democratic majority says the subpoenas are necessary in response to Leo’s and Crow’s “defensive, dismissive refusals” to fully cooperate with its ethics investigation into the Supreme Court.

The Senate probe stems from a bombshell ProPublica report in April that found Thomas, the most senior justice on the high court, had accepted luxury trips and other gifts from...

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