Democrats AGAIN call for Clarence Thomas to resign after January 6 committee asked to talk to Ginni Thomas over emails with John Eastman to overturn the election
- Democrats stepped up calls Thursday for Justice Clarence Thomas to step down
- It came a day after it emerged Ginni Thomas was in contact with John Eastman, who pushed the theory that Mike Pence could block Biden’s election win
- Ginni is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, raising questions as to whether he should recuse himself from election and Trump-related cases
- Eastman had argued that Pence, in his role as VP overseeing the election certification, could send states’ results back
Democrats stepped up their calls on Thursday for Justice Clarence Thomas to resign from the Supreme Court after it emerged his activist wife was in touch with one of the key brains behind Donald Trump‘s attempts to overturn the election.
The House January 6 committee has reportedly obtained emails between Ginni Thomas as John Eastman, who devised a plan for Vice President Mike Pence to prevent the certification of Joe Biden‘s 2020 victory.
It suggests Thomas’ involvement in the election plot was more extensive than previously known.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said it made her husband’s position untenable.
‘Public confidence in our nation’s highest court is at its lowest levels in generations,’ he said.
‘The American people rightly question whether rightwing jurists in our federal courts can adjudicate the law impartially.
‘Over the last few years, we have become numb to bad acts by powerful actors, but Clarence and Ginni Thomas have participated in one of the worst breaches of trust ever seen in our court system.’
Justice Thomas, he said, was not a ‘neutral actor’ but instead a ‘corrupt jurist.’
‘Clarence Thomas should have dignity and final respect for our democracy and resign.’
Democrats stepped up their calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to resign from the Supreme Court or recuse himself from election-related cases after it emerged that his wife, Ginni (pictured with her husband) was in touch with a key Trump adviser
The House committee investigating the Jan 6 riot has reportedly obtained at least one email between Thomas and John Eastman, who developed a plan for Vice President Mike Pence to reject the result of the electoral college after the 2020 election
Rep. Bill Pascrell demanded Justice Thomas’ resignation from the Supreme Court. ‘Clarence and Ginni Thomas have participated in one of the worst breaches of trust ever seen in our court system,’ he said in statement on Thursday
Other Democratic voices said he should at least recuse himself from cases around the election.
Tommy Vietor, a liberal podcast host and former Barack Obama spokesman, tweeted: ‘At this point, Ginni and Clarence Thomas are asking us to believe that she lobbied everyone she could possibly think of to overturn the results of the election except her powerful husband.
‘It’s an obvious lie and he has to recuse himself.’
The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year is likely to request an interview with his wife, after the new evidence surfaced.
‘We think it’s time that we, at some point, invite her to come talk to the committee,’ Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, told Axios.
However, Eastman responded to the reports by saying that Thomas had simply emailed to ask if he could provide an election update to grassroots leaders.
‘I can categorically confirm that at no time did I discuss with Mrs. Thomas or Justice Thomas any matters pending or likely to come before the Court,’ he wrote on Substack.
‘We have never engaged in such discussions, would not engage in such discussions, and did not do so in December 2020 or anytime else.’
A day earlier, The Washington Post revealed the committee had obtained at least one email between Justice Thomas’ wife and Eastman.
Last week, a federal judge ordered Eastman to turn more than a hundred documents over to the committee after the attorney tried to block their release.
Eastman, who once served as clerk for Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court, outlined scenarios for denying Biden the presidency in legal memos and in an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 4 with Trump and Pence, according to previous reports.
Democrats, including Barack Obama’s former spokesman, cried foul over the communications
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was in contact with lawyer John Eastman, who pushed the theory that Mike Pence, in his role as vice president, could block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, new email messages show – above the Thomas couple at the September 2019 state dinner at the White House
Reports of Ginni Thomas’ activism raised questions about whether Justice Thomas should have recused himself from any Supreme Court case involving the election.
She exchanged at least 29 text messages with Meadows between November 2020 and mid-January 2021 as Trump allies worked frantically to keep him in office.
And a report last week revealed she had emailed 29 Arizona state lawmakers, urging them to choose their own electors and disregard Joe Biden’s victory in that state.
Justice Thomas participated in at least nine rulings related to the 2020 election. He also has ruled on cases where Trump was fighting attempts by congressional investigators to obtain the former president’s records.
But Ginni Thomas said the two keep their work separate.
‘Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,’ she told the conservative publication Free Bacon in March.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s hearing will focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure Pence to refuse to count and certify the electoral count. It is the ceremonial role of the vice president to oversee the formal certification of the presidential election.
Greg Jacob, who served as counsel to Pence, and retired U.S. Appeals Court Judge J. Michael Luttig, who was an informal adviser, are scheduled to testify in person at the third of an expected six public hearings the committee has planned.
Committee aides told CNN that Thursday’s hearing will focus on how Trump had driven the pressure campaign against Pence despite being told by lawyers in the White House counsel’s office that Pence did not have the authority to unilaterally subvert the election results.
The committee earlier this week teased the hearing, showing video testimony from former White House attorney Eric Herschmann saying that he had told Eastman on January 7 that he should ‘get a great effing criminal defense attorney.’
In the days leading up to the January 6th certification, Trump delivered a string of tweets demanding that Pence use his position to prevent Congress certifying his election defeat to Joe Biden.
Pence had already told the president he had no such power.
Eastman, however, wrote a memo arguing Pence could overthrow the election results when he oversaw the certification of the electoral college count on January 6th.
Eastman’s memo outlined a scenario in which Pence would disregard seven states’ Electoral College votes – thus ensuring no candidate received the 270 Electoral College votes required to be declared the winner.
Thursday’s hearing on January 6th insurrection will focus on Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Mike Pence to overturn the election results
The election would then be decided by the House.
Each state delegation would then have had one vote to cast for president, and since Republicans controlled 26 state delegations, a majority could have voted for Trump to win the election.
Constitutional scholars and Pence, himself, disagreed with Eastman’s interpretation of the vice president’s role in the largely ceremonial process.
Pence’s former chief of staff Marc Short told CNN on Wednesday that Pence did his duty by certifying the election results.
‘He knew it from the beginning, and I think he was clear with the president and so was our office clear about what we viewed his role as. I think that, you know, for any limited government conservative I don’t think he’d want the notion that our founders would have thought any one person would have been bestowed with that much authority to overturn election results. So I think the they he approached this was what does the constitution say,’ Short told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
‘He did his duty. He swore an oath to uphold the constitution. He swore an oath to god to uphold the constitution just as our men and women in uniform do,’ he said.