Democrats received a stern rebuke from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for demanding that conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas be impeached or resign.
The demand comes after the Washington Post reported that Thomas’ wife, Virginia (‘Ginni’), conversed via text with Trump’s Chief of Staff and advisor, Mark Meadows, reportedly encouraging Trump to fight and contest the results of the 2020 election.
Reportedly, Virginia Thomas and Meadows exchanged 26 text messages.
Surprising few, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez expressed outrage and used her Twitter platform to accuse Thomas of “unethical behavior” and demand that he “resign — or face impeachment.”
“Clarence Thomas should resign,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.”
According to Blaze Media, the text messages “neither cite Justice Thomas nor refer to the Supreme Court,” inferring that Mrs. Thomas’s correspondences represent a private citizen expressing their opinion and first amendment right.
Democrats, however, immediately seized the opportunity to try again to eliminate a conservative voice on the bench. This move follows an attempt to “pack the court” last April, pressuring Justice Breyer to retire last July and multiple suggestions that Thomas should retire when hospitalized for “flu-type symptoms” two weeks ago.
That Justice Thomas’ wife communicated with Mark Meadows is not in dispute. However, Justice Thomas maintains that he and his wife keep their professional and private lives separate and do not discuss work-related matters.
Defending Republicans note that Thomas has not engaged in unethical or compromising behavior, and no evidence has surfaced to corroborate salacious Democrat-driven accusations. Stealing a move from the leftist playbook, on Monday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said it was wrong to tie Clarence Thomas’ ability to adjudicate to his wife’s private text messages.
Hawley told a chief Congressional Correspondent with CNN that Thomas’ wife Virginia is “an independent, adult woman, it just seems a little strange to me all of these calls for her husband to be what, like, minding her better? Frankly, I think it’s kind of misogynistic.”
The Senator added: “She’s a private individual. He’s a justice on the US Supreme Court, but I think this idea that he is somehow automatically responsible for everything [s]he says – what does that mean? Does she have to get his permission?”
On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Hawley in condemning efforts to force Justice Thomas’ resignation or impeachment. From the Senate Floor McConnell claimed:
“This is a political hit, part of liberals’ years-long quest to delegitimize the court.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, claims that Virginia (‘Ginni) Thomas’ text messages raise “a serious question about conflict of interest for Justice Thomas.”
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