Wife of Clarence Thomas texts Spark for January 6 case management investigation

Seventeen advocacy groups are calling for a congressional investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas following revelations that his wife was seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

The groups, which include left-leaning Indivisible and MoveOn Civic Action, called for the investigation in a letter Friday to the respective chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The letter is part of the growing scrutiny the conservative judiciary is facing in response to reports that his wife, Virginia Thomas, pressed a senior Trump White House official to refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election.

“These investigations should examine whether Judge Thomas’ conduct was consistent with fundamental principles of judicial ethics, whether he violated federal law and his oath to ‘fairly discharge and perform his judicial duties, and what action needs to be taken in response,” reads the letter to Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jerry Nadler.

Advocacy groups are calling for an investigation into conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after texts sent by his wife Virginia Thomas to a top Trump adviser recently came to light. Pictured, Clarence and Virginia Thomas serve at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC
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The letter argues that Thomas has previously violated a federal law that prevents judges from hearing cases where their “impartiality could reasonably be questioned” or their spouse has “an interest that could be materially affected by the outcome of the procedure”.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court refused to hear former President Donald Trump’s request to bar disclosure of documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The letter points out that Thomas was the only judge willing to hear the case (but provided no public explanation), and Virginia Thomas, who goes by the name Ginni, was a signatory to a January 6 letter lambasting the committee. Clarence Thomas, according to the letter, violated federal impartiality law by failing to recuse himself from the case.

Earlier this month, The Washington Post and CBS published texts from Virginia Thomas to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows repeating baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen and other right-wing conspiracy theories. Virginia Thomas previously said she was present at the rally leading up to a crowd storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, but left early.

The letter, also signed by American Atheists and the League of Conservation Voters, points out that Judge Thomas never recused himself from a case related to his wife’s longtime political activities and initially failed to disclose his fees for consultation.

“Public confidence in the Court is already at an all-time low,” the letter read. “Allowing Judge Thomas to avoid scrutiny will surely result in a further deterioration of the American people’s confidence in our justice system – perhaps irreparably.”

Since the text messages were flagged, Judge Thomas has faced increasing pressure from Democratic lawmakers and others to recuse himself from future cases involving his wife’s political activities and for a recast. the Court’s rules of ethics. Others have called for Thomas, the Court’s most senior judge, to be removed for not recusing himself sooner.

Newsweek contacted Justices Thomas, Durbin and Nadler for comment.


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