Fox News contributor Leo Terrell expressed concerns on “The Faulkner Focus” Friday about the potential threat to the country’s “integrity” as Democrats attempt to exert influence over the conservative Supreme Court. Terrell’s remarks were made in response to Justice Samuel Alito addressing ethics allegations involving a past fishing trip made by ProPublica.

WALL STREET JOURNAL HELPS SAM ALITO PREEMPT ETHICS STORY BY PROPUBLICA

Leo Terrell mentioned the politicization of the Department of Justice and warned that if the Democrats gain control over the Supreme Court, it would have significant consequences for the country. He recalled previous attempts to pack the court and now sees Democrats challenging the ethics of conservative Supreme Court justices. Terrell emphasized the importance of protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court as a means of ensuring a check on left-wing radicals.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, preemptively responding to an upcoming story from ProPublica, has generated outrage among liberal journalists.

In the piece published on Tuesday, Alito addressed ProPublica’s discussion of a 2008 fishing trip he took with Republican billionaire Paul Singer. He clarified that he had not recused himself from future cases involving Singer’s hedge fund or disclosed the trip. Alito refuted the charges and explained why he believed there was no need for recusal or disclosure based on the definition of a disclosable gift.

LIBERALS, JOURNALISTS FUME OVER SAMUEL ALITO’S WSJ OP-ED REJECTING PROPUBLICA STORY: ‘HIGHLY UNETHICAL’

Many were taken aback to see a Supreme Court justice’s responses in an opinion piece in a newspaper.

“We were surprised to see Justice Alito’s answers appear to our questions in an opinion essay in The Wall Street Journal, but we’re happy to get a response in any form,” stated ProPublica editor Stephen Engelberg. He questioned whether The Journal fact-checked the essay before publication and rejected the headline’s assertion without having read the article or sought their comment.

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The media swiftly responded to Alito’s op-ed, even from mainstream outlets. The New York Times described it as “highly unusual,” and former Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou criticized his previous employer, calling it a “terrible look.”

Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.

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