One of Trump’s SCOTUS Appointments, Justice Neil Gorsuch, May Have Committed a Major Violation of SCOTUS Code of Conduct
All Republicans, of course.
Gorsuch was sworn into to the Supreme Court after the seat remained vacant for a full 14 months following the death of Antonin Scalia.
As a result, Democrats were almost unanimous in opposing Neil Gorsuch’s nomination. But Republicans availed themselves of the so-called “nuclear option” in order to change the rules so that they could confirm Gorsuch to the court with a simple majority.
He was ultimately confirmed him in April 2017 after a 54-45 vote.
As it happens, Elaine Chao is married to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Details of the dinner are scant, but it’s surprising that Gorsuch would choose to engage in such a way.
Canon 4: A Judge May Engage in Extrajudicial Activities that are Consistent with the Obligations of Judicial Office
“A judge may engage in extrajudicial activities, including law-related pursuits and civic, charitable, educational, religious, social, financial, fiduciary, and governmental activities, and may speak, write, lecture, and teach on both law-related and nonlegal subjects.
However, a judge should not participate in extrajudicial activities that detract from the dignity of the judge’s office, interfere with the performance of the judge’s official duties, reflect adversely on the judge’s impartiality, lead to frequent disqualification, or violate the limitations set forth below.”
Of course, we can’t prove there was politicking at the dinner in question. Republicans are historically such a witty, chill, and affable bunch — maybe they were just having a raucous and apolitical good time?