Clarence Thomas should recuse in Trump, January 6 cases, Ron Wyden says
After attending the funeral service of the late Supreme Court Associate justice Antonin Scalia on February 20, 2016, Clarence Thomas (left) and Virginia Thomas (right), leave the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington.
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A top Senate Democrat on Friday saidSupreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ought to be removed from all cases relating to the Jan. 6, Capitol Riot and the 2024 Election, should Donald Trump seek re-election.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said Thomas’ behavior “looks increasingly corrupt” one day after it was revealed that Virginia Thomas, the justice, had been a conservative activist. implored Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to fight to reverse President Joe Biden’s victoryIn the 2020 election. Meadows was urged to change the outcome in 29 texts, which were sent late 2020 and early 2021.
Soon after the Trump rally that Ginni Thomas was at, the Capitol Riot began Jan. 6, 2021. The former president urged his supporters to marched to Congress to pressure legislators not to confirm Biden’s victory.
Mark! “Help this Great President to stand firm!”Three days after Biden was projected by the media as the winner, Meadows received a letter from Ginni Tom on November 10, 2021.
You are with him the leader who stands for America’s Constitutional Governance at the edge. “The majority know Biden, and that the Left is trying the biggest Heist of all History,” she stated.
Wyden was the Senate Finance Committee chairman. He said that this revelation cast doubts over Clarence Thomas’ ability hear crucial cases.
Wyden stated that Justice Thomas’ behavior on the Supreme Court is becoming more corrupt after reviewing new reports from multiple outlets. said in a statement.
Judges must recuse themselves if they are involved in cases that could create conflict of interests. “A person who has a bit of common-sense could recognize that this bar is set,” he stated.
Wyden pointed out that Thomas was not a co-conspirator in matters relating to the 2020 election and the Jan. 6th riot.
Wyden stated that Justice Thomas was involved in the cases against Donald Trump, which were related to his attempts to rig the 2020 elections and overturn them. His wife wanted to do the exact same.”
He said, “He was the sole dissenter in a case which could have denied records of the January 6th Committee relating to the same plot that his wife supported.”
Senator said that Justice Thomas must at a minimum withdraw from any investigation pertaining to January 6th, as well as any investigation relating to Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign.
Wyden was the first senator ever to call on Clarence Thomas to not hear the Jan. 6 cases, since texts were published.
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader, stated earlier Friday that he does not think Thomas should be excused from Jan. 6 cases.
“Justice Thomas would be able to make decisions just like any other Justice Thomas. McCarthy said to reporters that it was his legal decision.
McCarthy opposed the count of certified elections results for two states Biden had won. McCarthy refused to provide information on his earlier communications with Trump, which was requested by the House select committee.
CNBC reached out to the Supreme Court spokesperson for comment on Thomas’s statement and that of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Thomas, in January, was the only justice to dissent in the ruling that denied Trump’s efforts to block hundreds of pages from presidential records being handed to the House committee investigating the Capitol Riot.
Thomas was one of three conservative justices who voted against the Supreme Court’s February 2021 decision not to appeal lower court rulings that allowed Pennsylvania absentee votes to be counted within days of Election Day 2020.
Trump lost Pennsylvania as well as several swing states to Biden. Trump has since falsely claimed that he was a victim of widespread voter fraud.
Clarence Thomas was released from a Washington, D.C., hospitalThe Supreme Court informed him Friday morning that he was recovering from an infection he contracted over the past week.
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