Late Thursday, calls for the hospitalized Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign or be impeached were being circulated after text messages between his wife and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging efforts to overturn the 2020 election results were revealed.
The Washington Post recently obtained dozens of texts that Virginia (Ginni) Thomas sent to Meadows in the wake of Trump’s election loss. In the texts, she characterized the loss as fraudulent.
The text messages were part of the 2,320 messages that Meadows provided to the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6.
In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, she has denied any conflict of interest between her activism and her husband’s work on the Supreme Court.
“Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,” she said.
Critics have spoken out and called for Justice Thomas to resign.
“Given that Justice Thomas has already made known he won’t recuse himself from cases related to his wife’s right-wing activism, and the damning evidence of his wife’s involvement in this attack on our democracy, Thomas is clearly unfit to serve on the nation’s highest court,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, executive director of the Take Back the Court Action Fund.
“If he refuses, Congress must move to impeach him,” she added.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota echoed the call for Thomas’ impeachment.
Clarence Thomas needs to be impeached https://t.co/ZuZbxkMaYs
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 25, 2022
The House can impeach a Supreme Court justice with a simple-majority vote, but a two-thirds majority is required for conviction and removal in the Senate.
Thomas is the most senior associate justice on the Supreme Court. He was nominated for the role by former President George H. W. Bush to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Before taking his role in the Supreme Court, Thomas served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit beginning in 1989.
He is the second-oldest Supreme Court justice after Justice Stephen Breyer, who is 73-years-old. Thomas is also the eldest conservative justice.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly claimed that Thomas was the first black justice to serve on the Supreme Court, when, in fact, James Thurgood Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice.