Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been hit with several ethics complaints over his remarks critical of two conservative Supreme Court justices that some interpreted as a threat.
Complaints were filed with the Senate Ethics Committee and the New York bars Grievance Committee following Schumers comments at an abortion rally outside the court building last week.
It came after Schumer said on March 4 that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were both appointed by President Donald Trump, would “pay the price” if they upheld a law in Louisiana that mandates that abortion doctors should be preapproved to check their patients into nearby hospitals. Some interpreted his words as a threat or call to action for violence against the two.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said to protesters who were gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Washington last week. “You wont know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Some allege that Schumers statements were in violation of ethics rules.
In a letter sent Monday to New Yorks Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial District, where Schumer is admitted, attorney Joseph Gioconda wrote that Schumers remarks “appear to be improper conduct that reflects upon his character and fitness to practice law in New York.”
Meanwhile on March 6, the New York bar and the Senate Ethics Committee received complaints from the non-profit organization National Legal Policy Center.
The group alleged Schumer violated ethics rules by engaging in “improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate,” Fox News reported. The complaint also alleged Schumers conduct was “prejudicial to the administration of justice,” and that he therefore violated New Yorks Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Senate Ethics Committee also received another complaint from the Landmark Legal Foundation on March 5, which asked the senate to “immediately reprimand, if not censure” Schumer for his “outrageous and dangerous attack” on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.
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