Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas), a member of the House Oversight Committee, called out U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Ginni Thomas, this week on the occasion of oral arguments before the nation’s highest court on a challenge to Donald Trump’s eligibility for office. The case, originating in Colorado, accuses Trump of involvement in insurrection through incitement of the Capitol violence in early 2021 and invokes Constitutional restrictions on certain individuals linked to such acts.
“I mean, is Clarence Thomas able to accept the facts as determined by the lower courts that Trump did engage in an insurrection? Is he able to accept that that means that his wife doesn’t have clean hands? Overall, Is he able to have a clear mind on this issue when his wife has muddied it up so much?” Crockett said on X, formerly Twitter.
Previously circulated details show Ginni in touch with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after the 2020 presidential election, pushing for the furtherance of the Trump team’s grasps at continued presidential power despite losing. And multiple courts in Colorado already held that Trump engaged in insurrection, diverging only on the application of the Constitutional restrictions to the office of the presidency.
“The reverberations for this country and other modern day democracies will be felt for generations if the Supreme Court doesn’t take its oath seriously & live up to the level of thoughtfulness that historically we’d respected the court for having,” Crockett added in her public commentary.
Elsewhere, Clarence Thomas also faced criticism this week for participating in oral arguments in the ballot access case at all considering the opening for a conflict of interest via his wife’s support for the ex-president’s election-challenging ambitions that preceded the violence of January 6, 2021. “Having recused from a prior case related to Jan 6 due to his wife’s involvement, Justice Thomas’s participation in Trump’s ballot case is a shocking and intentional violation of his ethical obligations. Clarence Thomas is not above the law. This is a true crisis at the Court,” Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) said on social media Thursday.