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Day 1226

1/ Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito refused to recuse himself from cases involving Trump and the Jan. 6 insurrection despite revelations that flags associated with Trump’s far-right supporters flew at his homes in Virginia and New Jersey. Alito told lawmakers he had “nothing whatsoever to do with the flying of” an upside-down U.S. flag at his Virginia home days before Biden’s inauguration. Alito also said he had “no involvement” in flying a flag bearing the “Appeal to Heaven” symbol, a flag associated with the “Stop the Steal” movement. Alito blamed his wife for flying the controversial flags, saying “She was solely responsible for having flagpoles put up at our residence and our vacation home and has flown a wide variety of flags over the years” and that he was powerless to remove the flags because his wife “has the legal right to use the property as she sees fit.” The Supreme Court is currently weighing Trump’s presidential immunity claim in the federal election interference case brought by special counsel Jack Smith, and an appeal brought by a man prosecuted for his role on Jan. 6. Rulings are due by the end of June. (Washington Post / New York Times / CNN / Axios / NBC News / Associated Press / CNBC / Bloomberg)

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