President Joe Biden made a puzzling yet revealing comment when asked to weigh in Monday on the left’s latest witch hunt.
The president appeared to suggest that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her Jan. 6 Committee can force Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases relating to the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol.
Biden weighs in
Democrats are demanding that Thomas recuse himself from any Jan. 6 cases over his wife’s involvement in the “Stop the Steal” movement, Fox News reports.
Although Ginni Thomas was not at the Capitol during the riot, Democrats have seized on text messages she sent to President Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, encouraging him to challenge the election results to paint her as an “insurrectionist” and cast a cloud of suspicion over her husband.
Some on the left have even called for Justice Thomas to be impeached over his wife’s private political speech.
When asked whether Thomas should recuse himself, Biden, apparently unaware that Thomas has discretion over recusal, said that the Jan. 6 Committee and the Justice Department have to decide that question.
“That’s their judgment, not mine,” Biden said.
Constitution? What constitution?
To begin with, it is not clear how a conflict of interest arises from the mere fact that Thomas is married to a person with political views about the 2020 election that Democrats find unacceptable.
It isn’t a crime to challenge election results — it never used to be, anyway — but the Jan. 6 Committee is treating Ginni Thomas, and anyone else who dared to protest the 2020 election, like a de facto criminal.
Of course, making it a crime to challenge the Democratic party is the whole point of the committee. The committee’s reckless disregard for any form of Constitutional or normative boundaries may explain Biden’s bizarre suggestion that Pelosi has the authority to force a recusal from Thomas.
The committee has already shredded President Trump’s executive privilege, so why wouldn’t they target the independence of a Supreme Court justice?
As the witch hunt continues, the committee is now considering a subpoena for Ginni Thomas. Clearly, Democrats are desperate for a distraction from their failures as the midterms near.