Last week, a report from ProPublica accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of having accepted gifts from conservative billionaire Harlan Crow.
That allegation has led to an outcry among many on the left, with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming that the Supreme Court lacks "legitimacy."
According to Breitbart, Ocasio-Cortez made the assertion on Sunday during an interview with CNN's "State of the Union."
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Ocasio-Cortez at one point referenced a statement put out by Thomas, saying, "He stated that the reason and the rationale for this exemption was personal hospitality from an old friend. And he said himself in his statement a friend of 25 years."
"Justice Thomas has been on the court for 30 years, and so to stay what he is admitting in his statement, in an attempt to defend himself, is that he began this relationship with a billionaire and receiving these sorts of gifts as after he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States," she remarked.
"I think that that in and of itself indicates a very, very serious problem. I mean, I believe what we’re seeing right now is a breaking of the law, and we have to examine what institutions," the lawmaker insisted.
"I do not think that this court any longer has the legitimacy, especially after the Supreme Court leak last year, which never came to a conclusion because the investigation itself that Chief Justice Roberts started back then," Ocasio-Cortez complained.
Fox News reported last Friday that Ocasio-Cortez had said that articles of impeachment need to be brought against Thomas.
"Congress is out of session for the next week. And so that does give Democrats some time to strategize, and the way I feel about it is that, I do think articles need to be introduced," Fox News quoted her as saying.
Ocasio-Cortez admitted on Sunday that any effort to impeach Thomas would likely fail in the face of Republican opposition.
"I admit it is very difficult to see a path in a Republican Party that refuses to hold itself accountable and, in fact, breaches the law itself," she said.
"For all of their talk of a crime wave and Democrats, Republicans talking about crime waves across the country, the crime wave is within the Republican Party," she asserted.
"I believe what we are seeing right now is a breaking of the law,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, "I know that there are calls for Chief Justice John Roberts to initiate an investigation. I do not think that this court any longer has the legitimacy."