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Democrats push Clarence Thomas to recuse himself pre-emptively from important Trump case — because of his wife

Democrats push Clarence Thomas to recuse himself pre-emptively from important Trump case — because of his wife

Senate Democrats are pushing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from a case that does not yet exist.

On Monday, special counsel Jack Smith petitioned the Supreme Court to bypass the D.C. Appeals Court and decide whether former President Donald Trump is immune from federal prosecution in his election interference case. The justices responded that they would consider the request, but they have not yet granted review.

Despite the Supreme Court not yet having granted certiorari, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D) is already trying to influence the outcome of the case.

Durbin is demanding that Thomas recuse himself from the potential case because his wife, Ginni Thomas, allegedly believes that Trump was the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Somehow, the alleged beliefs of Thomas' wife are a conflict of interest for Thomas, Durbin claimed.

"There are so many unanswered questions about the relationship of the justice and his family with the Trump administration that I think in the interests of justice, he should recuse himself," he said, The Hill reported.

Durbin added that "there's been enough information raised about Mr. Thomas and his spouse" to warrant his recusal.

Durbin, however, did not provide any evidence to show Thomas is compromised or that he would rule unfairly should the court grant review. Democrats, it seems, are simply asserting that Thomas is conflicted, a suggestion that Thomas cannot separate his wife's political views from his own legal mind.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) went a step further. According to The Hill, he suggested that any justice with whom Thomas has discussed his wife's "involvement" in the aftermath of the 2020 election "may have an improper interest" in the case.

Fortunately, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is offering a dose of reality, condemning Democrats for demanding Thomas' pre-emptive recusal.

"They're not the ones to make that judgment call, nor am I aware of any standard by which he should be required to recuse himself in such a case. That's absurd," Lee said.

Democrats are especially concerned with the outcome of a potential Supreme Court ruling in the case. If the court ruled in Trump's favor, it would probably kill Smith's election interference case and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' (D).

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News
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