WASHINGTON (NEWSnet) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez presented formal articles of impeachment Wednesday against Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

The attempt by the Democratic congresswoman from New York is not likely to go far, given that the House is controlled by the Republicans. A federal impeachment process needs the cooperation of both the House and Senate.

In her speech on the floor of the House, Oacasio-Cortez said she is “not blind to its odds in a Republican chamber.” But she insisted that it is “the right thing to do.”

Wednesday’s announcement from her office provided the following details from the resolutions against each justice:

  • Regarding Justice Alito: refusal to recuse from cases in which he had a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party; failure to disclose financial income, gifts and reimbursements.
  • Regarding Justice Thomas: failure to disclose financial income, gifts and reimbursements; refusal to recuse from matters involving his wife’s legal interest in cases; refusal to recuse from matters involving his wife’s financial interest in cases.

“The unchecked corruption crisis on the Supreme Court has now spiraled into a Constitutional crisis threatening American democracy writ large," Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement.

"Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito’s pattern of refusal to recuse from consequential matters before the court in which they hold widely documented financial and personal entanglements constitutes a grave threat to American rule of law, the integrity of our democracy, and one of the clearest cases for which the tool of impeachment was designed."

Her specific criticisms included travel and gifts that Thomas has received from billionaire Harlan Crow, a matter that the Senate Judiciary Committee has looked into. The Supreme Court adopted its first code of ethics last fall.

The House co-sponsors of the impeachment effort are Representatives Barbara Lee of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Delia Ramirez of Illinois, Maxwell Frost of Florida, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Jasmine Crockett of Texas.

On a related detail, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said on social media Wednesday that he and Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon have asked the Attorney General to “to designate a Special Counsel to look into the mess surrounding billionaire gifts to Justice Clarence Thomas.” Both Whitehouse and Wyden are Democrats.

The court recently ended its session for the year, and its next term starts in October.

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