A very interesting story popped up on Fox News late Tuesday that turned a lot of heads.
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and John Kennedy (R-LA) are seeking a decade’s worth of travel documentation from Supreme Court members.
The reports are to include all trips outside of D.C. since 2011, cost for security, and the name of all justices associated with the trip.
Keeping the Court Honest
The probe is to find out if we need more transparency requirements for the Supreme Court.
Both senators sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee and are trying to ensure all government officials, including judges, adhere to the 1978 Ethics in Government Act and the 1989 Ethics Reform Act.
Currently, the judicial branch, especially Supreme Court justices, face little scrutiny when it comes to financial disclosures.
In a joint statement, the senators stated, “The Judicial Branch’s comparable guidelines are significantly less stringent.
“Even those requirements, however, do not formally apply to the justices of the Supreme Court.
“As a result, the justices of our highest court are subject to the lowest standards of transparency of any senior officials across the federal government.”
While this is the first time I can recollect the Judiciary committee seeking this information, it is far from the first time this subject has been broached.
For instance, the late Justice Scalia came under fire for more than 250 “subsidized” trips he had taken over a decade only two years before he passed away.
When Scalia died, he was actually enjoying a free stay at a Texas ranch that drew some scrutiny after the fact because the ranch’s owner had recently had a case tried before the Supreme Court.
Personally, I believe all “subsidized” trips for all government officials at every level should be made illegal, as this is clearly a way to win favor or give the appearance of favors being granted.
Source: Fox News