Will he step down?
On Thursday (June 16), Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) called on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to step down, following the revelation that Thomas’ wife Virginia (Ginni) Thomas had sent emails regarding Jan. 6 to John Eastman, a central figure in former President Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential elections.
In his statement, Pascrell claimed Thomas “cannot possibly be seen as a neutral actor,” calling him a “corrupt jurist.”
Pascrell claimed that in the “last few years, we have become numb to bad acts by powerful actors” but emphasized that Thomas and his wife “have participated in one of the worst breaches of trust ever seen in our court system.”
Pascrell continued, stating, “Clarence Thomas cannot possibly be seen as a neutral actor but instead as a corrupt jurist who has poisoned the High Court. Clarence Thomas should have dignity and final respect for our democracy and resign.”
Pascrell’s call follows a report by the Washington Post that the Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 was in possession of communication between Virginia Thomas and Eastman.
Earlier in the year, there had been reporting that Ginni Thomas had emailed with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the wake of Trump’s 2020 Presidential defeat.
The Washington Post had also revealed earlier this month that Gknni had called on 29 GOP state lawmakers to appoint new presidential electors, an attempt to overturn Trump’s loss in the state.
The Jan. 6 Committee had also requested Ginni Thomas speak to them, with Thomas saying on Thursday that she looked “forward to talking to them… to clear up misconceptions.”