The recent revelation that Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, attended the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally and was behind a disinformation campaign pushing Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about the 2020 elections that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection has renewed questions about Clarence Thomas’s impartiality.
On the morning of Jan 6, before the Stop the Steal rally turned into an assault on the U.S. Capitol resulting in the deaths of at least five people and hundreds injured, she cheered on the supporters of then-president Trump who had gathered to overturn Biden’s election.
In a Facebook post that went viral, she linked to a news item about the protest, writing, “love maga people!!!!” Shortly afterward, she posted about Ronald Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech. Her next status update said, “god bless each of you standing up or praying.” Two days after the deadly attack on Congress, she added a disclaimer to her feed, noting that she’d written the posts “before violence in US Capitol.” (The posts are no longer public.)
Then, the Washington Post revealed that Mrs. Thomas had also been agitating about Trump’s loss, repeating the lie that Trump actually won in 2020, on a private Listserv, Thomas Clerk World, which includes former law clerks of Justice Thomas’s.
Artemus Ward, a political scientist at Northern Illinois University and a co-author of “Sorcerers’ Apprentices,” a history of Supreme Court clerks, says that while Justice Thomas doesn’t post on the Listserv, his wife “is advocating for things directly” and she has “direct access to him.”
“It’s unprecedented. I have never seen a Justice’s wife as involved,” Ward added, according to The New Yorker.
In Clarence Thomas’s three decades on the bench, he has never stepped aside from a case due to a real or perceived conflict of interest resulting from his wife’s political activities, The Hill noted in a recent article citing a letter from several progressive groups.
“It is striking that in more than 30 years on the Supreme Court you have never — not once — recused yourself from a case because of a conflict of interest presented by professional political activities of your wife, a prominent Republican strategist who has been involved in some of the most controversial matters to come before the Court,” the March 8 letter states, according to The Hill.
How can we trust the impartiality of a Justice who does not recuse himself in cases where there is an appearance of conflicts of interest?
Additionally, Justice Thomas has reportedly committed perjury for 13 years of sworn financial disclosure forms claiming that his wife. Mrs. Thomas reported no income, when in fact she was earning a hefty income directly related to cases before her husband.
The Constitution offers only one remedy for misconduct on the Supreme Court: impeachment.
Justice Thomas has made a mockery of the United States Supreme Court and must be impeached effectively, immediately.