A subpoena is not a suggestion: Call on the U.S. Senate to refer Leonard Leo to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress

Over the past three decades, Leonard Leo has been at the heart of the conservative effort to push the American judicial system to the extreme right.

Leo had a direct role in the nominations or confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. He also played a significant role in several high-profile state judicial races and his network of advocacy groups regularly distributed hundreds of millions of dollars towards far-right causes and organizations — including $80,000 to the consulting firm of Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to Leo requiring him to testify under oath about his decades of influence on Supreme Court Justices.

Normally, when someone is issued a subpoena from a Senate committee, they show up and testify. But not Leonard Leo. He responded to his subpoena:

“Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats have been destroying the Supreme Court; now they are destroying the Senate. I will not cooperate with this unlawful campaign of political retribution.”

To put it succinctly, this is unacceptable. If Leonard Leo won’t abide by the Judiciary Committee’s subpoena and testify about his close relationships with Supreme Court Justices, then the Senate must refer him to the Department of Justice for contempt of Congress.

A subpoena is not a suggestion:
Demand the Department of Justice hold Leonard Leo in contempt of Congress now.