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United States Supreme Court Justice Alito refuses to recuse himself despite suspicions of pro-Trump bias

United States Supreme Court  Justice Alito refuses to recuse himself despite suspicions of pro-Trump bias

(Washington) Samuel Alito, one of the US Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from cases involving former President Donald Trump, despite a controversy over the display of flags at his home and his second home.

In a letter dated May 23, two influential Democratic senators, Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse, urged Conservative Majority Chief Justice John Roberts to recuse Justice Alito from the cases.

They wrote before the court that the magistrate’s display of symbols associated with Trumpism “creates the appearance of inappropriate behavior” as well as “reasonable doubts about his impartiality in some cases.”

In a letter published Wednesday, Justice Alito responded that the “two incidents” cited “do not meet the criteria necessary for a challenge” and therefore “obligated” to deny their request.

He reiterated that his wife was “fully responsible” for raising the controversial flags and that her freedom of expression should be respected. The magistrate says they asked him to remove the flag from the house “but he refused for days”.

On his Truth social network, Donald Trump praised Justice Alito’s “intelligence, courage and bravery” demonstrated by the decision.

The The New York Times On May 16, several days before the inauguration of Democratic President Joe Biden in January 2021, an upside-down American flag was raised in front of Samuel Alito’s home in suburban Washington.

Originally a distress signal in the military, flying the flag upside down has become a symbol of political protest. The symbol was adopted in 2021 to express support for the outgoing Republican president’s claims that the last election was “stolen” by Trumpists.

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Then on May 22, the newspaper reported that an “Appeal to Heaven” flag was flying outside the couple’s vacation home in New Jersey. This independence war standard has recently become a symbol of support for Donald Trump and a symbol of Christian nationalism in America.

Justice Alito says neither he nor his wife knew the flag had anything to do with contested results in the 2020 election.

“Unlike me, my wife likes to raise flags,” he explains.

The dispute erupted as the divided nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on the former president’s criminal immunity to quash federal proceedings against him for allegedly attempting to illegally alter the results of the 2020 presidential election.