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Trump praises Alito for refusal to recuse on Jan. 6 cases

Former President Trump on Wednesday praised Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for refusing to recuse himself from future cases related to the 2020 election and Jan. 6, 2021. This came after it was reported that a flag linked to the “Stop the Steal” movement had been flown outside Alito’s home.

“I congratulate United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for demonstrating his intelligence, courage and ‘grit’ in refusing to back away from any decision regarding January 6th,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

“Every judge, justice and leader in the United States should have that kind of grit, and we’d be much further ahead than we are today, a terribly failed nation led by the worst president in American history, the villain Joe Biden!” he added.

Alito, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, wrote in two letters to lawmakers on Wednesday that he had no involvement in the flags that fly in their homes, including an upside-down U.S. flag that his wife, Martha Ann, said was hung as part of a dispute with a neighbor in Alexandria, Virginia.

The upside-down flag has long been known as a signal of distress, but it became associated with the “Stop the Steal” movement, which was used by people protesting former President Trump’s 2020 defeat and sought to halt the transfer of presidential power based on false claims of election fraud.

The Supreme Court’s ethics rules state that judges must not make political statements in order to remain impartial on cases that come before the court.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the coming weeks on two key cases related to the January 6 attack, including whether President Trump has immunity from prosecution.

Trump has argued that the president has absolute immunity from liability for official acts while in office, and that this immunity applies even after he leaves office. Trump and his lawyers argue that this immunity also applies to Trump’s efforts to block the transition of power after his defeat in the 2020 election, which are at the center of criminal charges against him in Washington.

If the Supreme Court agrees with Trump, it could throw out many of the criminal charges against him, and even if it doesn’t go that far, its decision could mean some of Trump’s cases could be postponed beyond the election.

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