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Twitter Goes Nuts After Justice Gorsuch Dines with GOP Senators

Last night, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) tweeted about the dinner he had with several other political figures, and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Other office holders in attendance included Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

Immediately, the internet went nuts, claiming that Gorsuch fraternizing with members of the legislative branch was a big no-no.

But does this really break any rules?

The Code of Conduct for United States Judges prohibits judges (including Supreme Court Justices) from getting involved in political activity. The code specifies what that means, saying a judge shouldn’t “act as a leader or hold any office in a political organization,” give speeches for a candidate or political group, publicly endorse or oppose any candidate, raise or contribute funds to a campaign, or buy a ticket for (or even attend) an event sponsored by a candidate or political group.

Based on that, simply having dinner at a Senator’s home with lawmakers doesn’t appear to break any rules, even if their discussing political issues. The judiciary is and should be independent, but chatting about national affairs isn’t the same as getting involved in politics, at least according to the rules.

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