Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 7, 2024

Alito Faces Recusal Calls Over Flag Controversy

Justice Samuel Alito is under scrutiny for refusing to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases after a controversial flag display outside his home.

According to The Hill, a former law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito has urged him to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases after an upside-down American flag was reported outside his home following the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The flag, associated with the "Stop the Steal" movement, has led to calls for his recusal, but Alito maintains the incidents don't justify stepping aside.

Former Alito law clerk Susan Sullivan advocates for the Justice’s recusal. Sullivan's concerns originate from an upside-down American flag seen outside Alito's residence following the January 6 Capitol attack. The flag has links to the "Stop the Steal" movement, which challenged the legitimacy of the 2020 election results.

Calls for Recusal Intensify

Justice Alito has insisted he played no part in displaying the flag. According to Alito, his wife flew the flag during a neighborhood dispute. He requested its removal once informed, but she did not comply for several days.

"I had nothing to do with the flying of that flag," Alito wrote, adding that after he became aware, he urged his wife to remove it, which she initially refused.

The New York Times’ coverage of the flag has added to the pressure on Alito to withdraw from cases related to January 6 and former President Trump’s legal matters. Another flag connected to the movement was also reportedly seen at Alito’s vacation property.

However, Alito has notified legislators that he does not plan to step down from these cases. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin and member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Alito asserted that the situation did not qualify for recusal.

Sullivan's Public Plea

Susan Sullivan has been vocal about her position, sharing her viewpoint through media and written publications. In an MSNBC segment, she emphasized that the flag’s display, regardless of its origin, is symbolic and can cast doubt on Alito's impartiality.

Sullivan further expressed her concern in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, stating the presence of the flag suggests a potential bias toward Trump. She argued that such symbols do more than hint at political impropriety, questioning the Justice’s neutrality.

“It irrefutably calls into question impartiality and bias toward the former president,” Sullivan wrote, highlighting the broad implications of Alito’s actions on the Supreme Court's independence and credibility


Justice Samuel Alito faces recusal demands due to an upside-down American flag linked to the "Stop the Steal" movement displayed outside his home. Alito insists the events don't justify recusal, a stance supported by his detailed explanations to legislators.

Former law clerk Susan Sullivan argues that the flag's presence undermines confidence in Alito's impartiality and affects the court's overall credibility. The controversy continues to fuel debates on judicial integrity and the importance of a nonpartisan judiciary in upholding America's constitutional democracy.

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