WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Blumenthal calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will ‘voluntarily’ appear before Congress to answer questions about his wife’s communications with the White House regarding efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
And Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Justice should recuse himself from any matters related to the Jan. 6 inquiry, saying his wife’s apparent role in trying to reverse the outcome was a ” conflict of interest”.
The two senators’ demands follow reports first published by The Washington Post and CBS News that Virginia Thomas “has repeatedly pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to continue his tireless efforts.” to contest the presidential contest that Joe Biden won. Donald Trump.
News agencies obtained a series of text messages between Meadows and Thomas, who is impersonating Ginni, in the days following Biden’s victory. At that time, Trump and his lawyers seriously considered their arguments in the High Court in a bid to overturn the results.
USA TODAY has not independently reviewed the messages.
Continued:Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has urged White House leader Mark Meadows to call off the election, reports say
Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CBS that Judge Thomas should “voluntarily appear” before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol to discuss what he knows. USA TODAY confirmed Blumenthal’s statement with his office.
Blumenthal has not formally asked the committee to invite justice, nor does he have the authority to compel Thomas to appear before the House panel that is reviewing text messages and other communications Meadows had in the weeks following the election.
The texts are dated from early November 2020 to mid-January 2021, various media reported Thursday.
Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Jan. 6 committee member, responded to USA TODAY with a “no comment” on Friday when asked about Blumenthal’s suggestion.
But apparently the issue of inviting or even subpoenaing Ginni Thomas was discussed by at least two anonymous committee members, a person familiar with the committee told USA TODAY.
Raskin said he did not participate in or is even aware of discussions to question the judge’s wife. But basically, he said the mission of the committee is to find out the truth about what led to the attempted insurrection.
Continued:For the first time, the January 6 committee alleges that Trump and others engaged in a criminal conspiracy to void the election
“We are investigating a coordinated attack on our election in our democracy that has two components: one is a violent insurrection from without and the other is a series of aggressive measures aimed at subverting our constitutional processes within and to replace them with a set of counterfeit movements and decisions,“ he said USA TODAY
“The attempted domestic coup against democracy was based on a set of lies and fraudulent arguments,” he said. “And I’m really interested in (learning) any effort to legitimize those arguments in court and in law.”
In a statement on Friday, Wyden said Thomas should step aside from not only any decisions regarding the Jan. 6 attack, but also cases related to the 2024 election if Trump were to run.
Continued:January 6 committee holds vote in defiance of former Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino
“Judges are obligated to recuse themselves when their involvement in a case would create even the appearance of a conflict of interest,” Wyden said. “A person with an ounce of common sense could see the bar is full here.”
“Judge Thomas participated in cases related to Donald Trump’s efforts to rig and then nullify the 2020 election, while his wife lobbied to do the same,” the Oregon Democrat wrote in the statement. He was the only dissenter in a case who could have denied January 6 Committee records of the same plot his wife had supported.”