Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is facing outrage from Democrats after news emerged last week that his wife sent text messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows regarding the 2020 election.
While that led to calls for Thomas to recuse himself from election-related cases, The Hill noted on Monday that Republicans are pushing back.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has “total confidence” in Thomas
They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who declared in a statement that “Justice Thomas is a great American and an outstanding Justice.”
“I have total confidence in his brilliance and impartiality in every aspect of the work of the Court,” the Republican lawmaker went on to add.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also rejected suggestions that Thomas is not qualified to hear cases that involve the events of January 6 or former President Donald Trump.
“No, I think Justice Thomas could make his decisions like he’s made them every other time,” McCarthy was quoted as telling reporters at a press conference, adding, “It’s his decision based upon law.”
For his part, Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) argued that too much attention was being paid to the justice’s wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas.
“I just think this is a bad development where now public officials’ families are now the target of all this press,” Cornyn said. He went on to point out that public officials “don’t volunteer to have our families dragged through the mud.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar says Thomas needs to be impeached
However, those arguments are unlikely to sway many of Thomas’ Democratic critics. Far-left Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) has gone so far as to tweet that the justice needs to be impeached.
Although Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D) didn’t go that far, he did put out a statement this past Friday in which he alleged that “Justice Thomas’ conduct on the Supreme Court looks increasingly corrupt.”
“At the bare minimum, Justice Thomas needs to recuse himself from any case related to the January 6th investigation, and should Donald Trump run again, any case related to the 2024 election,” Wyden insisted.
“Judges are obligated to recuse themselves when their participation in a case would create even the appearance of a conflict of interest,” he argued. “A person with an ounce of commonsense could see that bar is met here.”