Leonard Leo subpoena from Democrats is unlawful, Senate Republicans say

Senate Republicans are pouring cold water on the legality of a Democratic-led subpoena this week to Leonard Leo, a conservative activist who helped advise former President Donald Trump on Supreme Court picks.

Leo said on Thursday he would not comply with the “unlawful and politically motivated subpoena” he received that day from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) as part of the Democratic majority’s investigation into reported trips or gifts to Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices from wealthy activists they argue went undisclosed. To Republicans, the effort to obtain private records from Leo is invalid, particularly because GOP lawmakers were not present for the roll call vote in November of last year — despite a committee rule requiring two minority members for a quorum.

The vote in November 2023
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