An open letter to the U.S. Congress

We demand that Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself.

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In order to have a free and fair election that will hold up under the tightest of scrutiny, any nominee put forth by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate must recuse themselves from any case contesting the results. There is no shortage of precedent for the recusal of justices. Justice Kagan recused herself because she had worked on the cases while serving as the Solicitor General for President Obama’s Justice Department.  In 2015, she recused herself when the Supreme Court looked at the constitutionality of an affirmative action program in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. Justice Breyer and Chief Justice Roberts have recused themselves ten times apiece.  Justice Breyer’s recusals have been for financial and familial reasons.  His brother, Charles Breyer is a US District Court Judge in Northern California, and has occasionally ruled on matters that found their way to the Supreme Court.  The Chief Justice’s stock ownership has led to his recusal in all but one of the cases he recused from, where an attorney for one of the parties was a former colleague at the firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells).  Most recently, The Chief Justice recused himself in a case, after granting cert and hearing oral arguments, because a stock conflict became apparent. President Trump has publicly suggested doing away with confirmation hearings. He told reporters that he wants the new justice confirmed before the election. “It’s better,” he said about the timing. The attempt to cast doubt and ultimately steal the election is undeniable. We the people call upon our elected officials to stand against tyranny and fascism.

First sent on September 26, 2020 by JOE

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