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Judge Alito tells Congress he will not recuse himself from cases related to January 6

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from cases related to the Jan. 6 Supreme Court, after Democratic lawmakers questioned his ability to be impartial following reports that an upside-down flag flew at his home. weeks after the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In a letter to Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Alito said the flag and a second religious-themed flag were flown by his wife without his knowledge and that the incidents do not meet the conditions for denial set out in the code of the Supreme Court. of behavior.

Alito first disclosed that he was not aware of the inverted flag until it was called to his attention, and that his wife initially refused to take it down.

“As soon as I saw it, I asked my wife to remove it, but for several days she refused,” Alito wrote in the letter to Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-I) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) .

The upside-down flag – long used as a sign of distress, especially by the US military – has become a symbol of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement which falsely claims the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.

Another flag carried by January 6 rioters, this Embraced by Christian nationalists who want to find a greater place for religion in public life, it was flown in front of Alito’s vacation home in New Jersey last summer. Alito said in the letter that the second flag was also raised by his wife, Martha-Ann Alito.

“My wife loves waving flags. That’s not me,” he wrote.

Democrats have asked Alito to refuse to participate in decision-making a few key issues that the Supreme Court will rule on in the coming weeks: whether Trump can face criminal charges for his efforts to stay in office after losing the 2020 election, and whether the Justice Department can use an obstruction charge to prosecute more than 300 Jan. 6. insurgents.

Alito has previously said his wife flew the flag because she was upset after a neighborhood dispute involving an anti-Trump yard sign and another that read, “You are complicit.”

This is a development story. It will be updated.

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