Experts slam Leo letter’s “comically absurd legal arguments”

WASHINGTON, DC — Following a damaging Supreme Court term where Leonard Leo’s influence was on full display, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Dick Durbin earlier this month requested answers regarding Leo’s role in the ongoing Supreme Court corruption crisis. This week, Leo refused to provide further information, instead dodging with a letter experts slammed for its “comically absurd” legal arguments.

Leonard Leo is the corrupting influence responsible for the rot at our Supreme Court. It’s no surprise he continues to act like he’s above the law — but he’s not, and he will be held accountable,” said Accountable.US senior advisor Kyle Herrig.

“Chief Justice Roberts has refused to clean up Leo’s Court, forcing Congress to step in. We need accountability and reform now,” Herrig continued.

Leonard Leo’s long pattern of shady Supreme Court dealings has surfaced in recent months, raising serious ethical and legal questions. In addition to Leo’s relationship with Justice Alito, Leo has maintained a decades-long relationship with Justice Clarence Thomas, from Leo’s involvement in Thomas’s Supreme Court nomination fight to his longtime campaign to rehabilitate Thomas’s reputation. The extent of Leo’s close personal and professional relationship with Thomas offers critical context for Leo’s secret, undisclosed payments to Ginni Thomas, Justice Thomas’s wife.

For nearly two decades, Leonard Leo has been at the center of the right-wing’s court capture campaign, stacking the federal bench with partisans working to undermine constitutional freedoms, roll back critical civil rights protections, and weaken democracy. Through the courts, Leo is enacting his radical and unpopular agenda, including overturning Roe v. Wade, expanding gun rights, restricting crucial environmental protections, and with the most recent decisions, striking down student debt forgiveness and allowing discrimination against LGBTQ couples.

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