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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Invited To Testify About Ethics Before Senate

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) invited Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss ethics reform in the judiciary after explosive reports that Justice Clarence Thomas accepted undisclosed gifts and lavish trips from a GOP megadonor.

“The status quo is no longer tenable,” Durbin, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote in a letter addressed to Roberts on Thursday. “The time has come for a new public conversation on ways to restore confidence in the Court’s ethical standards.”

Durbin requested that Roberts or another justice testify on May 2.

Republicans dismissed Durbin’s request, urging Roberts to ignore the invitation.

“I would not recommend the chief justice accept his invitation because it would be a circus,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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