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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has officially introduced articles of impeachment against Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

In a statement, AOC said, “The unchecked corruption crisis on the Supreme Court has now spiraled into a Constitutional crisis threatening American democracy writ large. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito’s pattern of refusal to recuse from consequential matters before the court in which they hold widely documented financial and personal entanglements constitutes a grave threat to American rule of law, the integrity of our democracy, and one of the clearest cases for which the tool of impeachment was designed.”


In her articles of impeachment, AOC highlighted the gifts Thomas received from billionaire Harlan Crow. She accused Thomas of engaging in “high crimes and misdemeanors” by not disclosing the source, description, and value of these gifts, and failing to report real estate properties. In his recent annual financial report, Thomas admitted to “inadvertently omitting” reimbursements for food and lodging expenses during a trip in July 2019.

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Additionally, AOC cited Thomas’ refusal to recuse himself from cases involving his spouse’s legal and financial interests. Alito was similarly accused of not recusing himself from cases where he had personal biases or financial interests.

Almost guaranteed to fail:
The process for removing a federal judge requires impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate. A simple majority of 218 votes is necessary for the articles to pass the House. Currently, Republicans hold 219 seats, while Democrats have 213. Historically, only one Supreme Court justice, Samuel Chase, was impeached by the House in 1804 on charges of “arbitrary and oppressive conduct of trials.” Still, he was acquitted by the Senate in 1805 and continued serving on the bench.


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