“I’m still stunned. Still amazed,” said Frank Bruni in The New York Times. Days after reading the bizarre text exchange between Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, I am still stunned. The 29 messages — out of 2,320 Meadows sent to the House of Representatives investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol — were sent after Trump lost the 2020 election; and they show how detached from reality the US right has become.
“Help this great President stand his ground, Mark!!!” Thomas wrote, warning that Trump must stop “the left” from committing “the greatest robbery in our history.” America, she says, is witnessing “the end of freedom.” That’s what you’d expect from conspiracy theorists, but Thomas is no fringe figure; She is the wife of the longest-serving member of the US Supreme Court and a well-known lobbyist for conservative causes.
Trump’s “flamboyant” allegations of voter fraud never made it to the Supreme Court, he said Los Angeles Times, so we’ll never know how Judge Thomas would have dealt with them. But we do know he was the only dissenting voice when the court denied Trump’s request to block the release of White House records of the Jan. 6 riots. Given his wife’s views, he clearly has a conflict of interest and should retire from all cases related to the 2020 election or January 6th.
Poppycock, Rich Lowry continued Politically. The law requires judges to withdraw themselves if they or their spouse “have an interest that could be materially affected by the outcome of the case.” That is not the case here. Ginni Thomas is not involved in any election-related litigation. She is a private individual who gave advice to an official who may or may not have followed it. Since when do we hold judges accountable for the political views of their spouses?
When the spouses’ views are grounds for recusal, the nine-member court can rarely meet in full force, he said The Wall Street Journal. That “could be the exact result” Democrats — nervous about future Supreme Court rulings on issues like abortion and gun rights — want to see. “The January 6th committee had no reason to release Ginni Thomas’ lyrics other than to embarrass her” and harm her husband. Judge Thomas has “every right and every reason” to ignore the resulting uproar.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/us/956367/trouble-at-the-supreme-court-the-case-of-the-judges-wife Trouble at the Supreme Court: The Case of the Judge’s Wife