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Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Subpoena Key Republican Figures in Supreme Court Ethics Probe

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to issue subpoenas to GOP megadonor Harlan Crow and conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo on Thursday, marking a new front in the panel’s investigation into the ethics practices at the Supreme Court.

The subpoenas were approved following a contentious meeting in which Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of attempting to undermine the Supreme Court by targeting private citizens. The committee’s GOP members walked out of the room while the vote took place, with only Sen. Lindsey Graham, the panel’s top Republican, remaining. All 11 Democrats voted to authorize the subpoenas.

Lawmakers are seeking documents from Crow and Leo about gifts, trips and lodging provided to any member of the high court. Their involvement in luxury trips provided to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were revealed in reports this year.

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