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Alito Refuses to Step Aside from Trump Supreme Court Cases Amid Flag Scandal

Justice tells Congress controversy over two extremist flags flown at his houses does not merit recusal from cases.

Justice Samuel Alito at the supreme court on 23 April 2021. Photograph: Reuters

 

Justice Samuel Alito is rejecting calls to step aside from supreme court cases involving the former president Donald Trump and January 6 defendants because of the controversy over flags that flew over his homes.

In letters to members of Congress on Wednesday, Alito says his wife was responsible for flying an upside-down US flag over his home in 2021 and an “Appeal to Heaven” flag at his New Jersey beach house last year.

Neither incident merits his recusal, he wrote.

“I am therefore duty-bound to reject your recusal request,” he wrote.

The court is considering two major cases related to the 6 January 2021 attack by a mob of Trump supporters on the Capitol, including charges faced by the rioters and whether the former president has immunity from prosecution on election interference charges.

 

 

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