Senate Judiciary Committee issues subpoenas in Supreme Court ethics investigation

The Project on Government Oversight is calling for a Code of Ethics for the U.S. Supreme Court. (Carol M. Highsmith)

Today, a U.S. Senate committee headed by Democrats, including Sen. Jon Ossoff of Georgia, voted to subpoena two high-profile GOP supporters and donors: Leonard Leo and Harlan Crow.

It’s unclear whether Leo or Crow will comply, but the move underscores the increased call for a more transparent and accountable Supreme Court. Sarah Turberville, director of the non-partisan government watchdog group Project On Government Oversight, recently co-authored a report calling for a code of ethics for the Court.

She joined WABE’s “All Things Considered” to talk about why there is such a pressing need for accountability in light of recent reporting that multiple high court members have received lavish gifts from individuals with business before the court.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.