This is what Justice Elena Kagan might call chutzpah.
WASHINGTON — Michele Bachmann is one of 49 House Republicans asking the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s role in crafting a legal defense of President Obama’s health care law, warning such work could bar her from participating in deciding legal challenges to the law when they reaches the court.
In a letter to the ranking committee members, the Republicans write, “recently released Department of Justice documents indicate that Justice Kagan actively participated with her Obama Administration colleagues in formulating a defense” of the law. Kagan served as solicitor general, the administration’s top lawyer, prior to her appointment on the court. She has recused herself from hearing many cases because of her earlier participation in them.
That's the Republican response, apparently, to the increasingly serious scandal of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the calls from Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy for an investigation into those scandals.
Central to those scandals is the ongoing friendship between the Thomases and Texas real estate magnate Harlan Crow, detailed a few weeks ago by the New York Times. That friendship has proved quite lucrative to Thomas and his wife Ginni, including $500,000 to allow Thomas’s wife to start a Tea Party group. A Tea Party group, Liberty Central, that has fought the Affordable Care Act. There's also the issue of the "$15,000 in payments from an anti-health care lobbying firm" Ginni Thomas started.
That would be called a major conflict of interest by anybody but Republicans. They are, of course, trying to cloud this scandal by throwing suspicion on Justice Kagan with this frivolous attack.