There's no conservative-liberal divide on the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to calls for a new, enforceable ethics code.
The Supreme Court has come under mounting pressure to address its procedures for handling potential conflicts of interest after a wave of recent headlines alleging ethical lapses by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
Public confidence in the justices is at its lowest point in more than 20 years of Gallup polling.
Durbin said Thursday in a statement that the justices' explanation of their approach to ethics "raises more questions than it resolves.".
"Make no mistake," he said, "Supreme Court ethics reform must happen whether the Court participates in the process or not.".
Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas poses during a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington, October 7, 2022.
"This is about intimidating certain members of the court, and they all can get behind exactly what the proper guidelines are. »