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The filmmaker made a recording at the event last week

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is seen in this April 2021 file photo. (Erin Schaff/Reuters)

US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is heard questioning whether a compromise between the left and the right is possible in a conversation posted on social media on Monday. The conservative justice is also heard agreeing with a woman who says the United States should return “to a place of godliness.”

Audio was posted on X by liberal filmmaker Lauren Windsor. She said she was recorded at the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner last week.

Reuters reported that Windsor said in an email that he attended the June 3 dinner as a dues-paying member, posed as a conservative Christian and approached Alito.

“One side or the other is going to win,” Alito said. “There may be a way to work, a way to live together in peace, but it’s difficult, you know, because there are differences on fundamental things that really can’t be compromised.”

Windsor then told Alito, “I think the solution is really like winning the moral argument. For example, the people of this country who believe in God must continue to fight for this, to return our country to a place of godliness.”

“I agree with you,” Alito replied.

Windsor also spoke to Chief Justice John Roberts, who rejected a similar argument. When Windsor suggested that the court should lead the nation down a “Christian” path, Roberts replied, “I don’t know if that’s true.”

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts poses in this photo taken in October 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press)

According to a Reuters report, James Duff, executive director of the Supreme Court Historical Society, said in an emailed statement: “We condemn the surreptitious taping of the justices at the event, which runs counter to the entire spirit of the evening “.

Alito says the wife is responsible for the flags

Alito has rejected calls to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases involving former President Donald Trump and defendants since Jan. 6 after stories emerged about the controversial flags flying over his homes.

In letters to members of Congress, Alito said his wife, Martha-Ann, was responsible for flying both an upside-down flag over their home in 2021 and an “Appeal to Heaven” flag at their home on beach in New Jersey last year. Both flags were like those carried by rioters who violently stormed the Capitol in January 2021 while echoing Trump’s false claims of election fraud.

Roberts declined an invitation to meet with Democratic senators to discuss Supreme Court ethics and the flags flying outside Alito’s homes.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Windsor said she recorded the conversations with Alito and Roberts because “the Supreme Court is shrouded in secrecy and refuses to be held accountable in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious ethical violations. I think that it is justified to take such measures”.

with files from Reuters