In a new video, the anti-Trump conservative group known as The Lincoln Project joined those going after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over text conversations between his wife, Ginni, and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Ginni and Meadows discussed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome, meaning Biden’s victory — and Meadows, as Trump’s chief of staff, wasn’t some kind of under-the-radar official. He directly worked with then-President Trump, meaning that the wife of a sitting Supreme Court Justice was among those in Trump’s orbit involved at least tangentially in deliberating over attempts to stop Biden from becoming president, no matter the people’s choice. The Lincoln Project demanded that Clarence recuse — meaning withdraw — himself from certain proceedings because of the text messages. Relevant proceedings would include those dealing with the 2020 election and January 6.
In The Lincoln Project’s video, a narrator says as follows:
‘Justice Clarence Thomas is compromised. On January 19, 2022, Thomas was the only Supreme Court Justice willing to help Trump and his allies hide from justice over the January 6 insurrection. Thomas did not hide that he was willing to grant Trump’s request for secrecy — but it wasn’t just to protect Trump and his conspirators. It was to protect his wife, Ginni Thomas. A radical right-wing activist, Ginni Thomas has openly applauded rebellion in the past… And the lead-up to January 6 was no different. Ginni Thomas used her direct line to Trump’s White House to push for the overturning of a free and fair election — even attending the rally that would ultimately end in an attack on the U.S. Capitol… Clarence Thomas must recuse himself, because he took an oath to protect the Constitution, not his wife.’
Check out the production below:
Justice Clarence Thomas is compromised.
He must recuse himself because he took an oath to protect the Constitution – not his wife. pic.twitter.com/mi9kytDuQQ
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 1, 2022
The Supreme Court decision referenced by The Lincoln Project was the court’s response to an attempt by former President Trump to keep the House committee investigating the Capitol riot from accessing certain records from his administration. Thomas was the only Justice to support the ex-president’s request — meaning that even Trump’s three appointees to the bench were apparently willing to go along with the riot investigation committee. To be clear, however, it doesn’t seem like texts between Ginni Thomas and Mark Meadows were included in the White House records that were the subject of the Supreme Court’s decision here. Rather, the materials were apparently part of items handed over to the riot panel by Meadows himself before he stopped cooperating. None of those details, however, absolve Clarence of responsibility for dealing with certain serious concerns — his wife’s participation, even in passing, in what amounted to plotting an overturning of a legitimate presidential election presents a wild conflict of interest that can’t be denied. For Clarence to rule on matters related to the election or attempts to overturn it would ignore these compelling issues. His wife had a stake in what went on!
Q: Do you agree with members of your party who are saying Clarence Thomas should resign?
Speaker Pelosi: "I don't think he ever should've ever been appointed."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 1, 2022