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Graham: Senate colleagues trying to 'destroy' conservative Supreme Court justices with ethics reform

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Sunday lamented his Senate colleagues’ calls for increased oversight of the Supreme Court, arguing they are trying to “micromanage” the nation’s highest court.

“The worst thing that could happen is that the United States Senate and House of Representatives would decide which cases the Supreme Court would hear,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Sen. Graham, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and other Republican senators earlier this month blocked a bill that would have required the Supreme Court to adopt a code of conduct and create a mechanism to enforce it, amid several high-profile disputes.

“They are, [Supreme Court Chief Justice John] “Roberts Court” They’re trying to destroy it [Supreme Court Justices Samuel] Alito and [Clarence] “Because Thomas doesn’t like the fact that we have conservative justices,” Graham said.

The Supreme Court has come under intense scrutiny over the past year following a series of reports detailing a variety of undisclosed lavish trips, gifts, and questionable extrajudicial activity involving several justices. These reports have heightened attention to Congressional oversight of justices’ behavior and the gifts they receive.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have repeatedly called for passage of legislation to increase oversight of the Supreme Court, and that pressure intensified after reports surfaced last month that two flags, including an upside-down American flag, had flown at Alito’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, in the days surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and Biden’s inauguration.

Graham drew the ire of Democrats by claiming that former President Trump “changed the Supreme Court” during his administration.

“They’re squealing like pigs that the Supreme Court is no longer a political institution. The Supreme Court actually looks at the Constitution and makes constitutionally correct decisions, not political decisions. That’s the problem liberals have with the Supreme Court,” he said.

“If Democrats can’t convince the Supreme Court that there’s something wrong, they’re going to lose, because most Americans don’t believe they’re safe,” Graham added.