Hawley says it’s ‘misogynistic’ to suggest Thomas should recuse himself from Jan 6 cases
Republican Senator Josh Hawley said Monday it was “misogynistic” to call on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to withdraw from cases related to the Jan. 6 or 2024 election over his wife’s allegations of voter fraud.
‘She’s an independent, mature woman, I just think it’s a little strange that all these calls for her husband to take better care of her? Frankly, I think it’s a bit misogynistic,” the Missouri senator said cnn.
He added: ‘She is a private person. He’s a judge on the US Supreme Court, but I think the idea that somehow he’s automatically responsible for everything he says – what does that mean? Does she need his permission?’
A growing number of Democrats have called on the court’s top judge to withdraw after his wife’s texts to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were made public in a Washington Post report. President Biden said Monday he will not weigh in; instead, he leaves it to the Justice Department and the Jan. 6 commission.
‘She’s an independent, mature woman, I just think it’s a little strange that all these calls for her husband to take better care of her? Frankly, I think it’s a bit misogynistic,” said GOP Senator Josh Hawley
In a series of 29 posts following the loss of former President Trump, conservative activist Ginni Thomas repeatedly asked then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to work to reverse the election results. Ginni Thomas confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon last month that she attended Trump’s “Save America” rally but got cold and went home early.
The 29 messages are said to be part of the huge amount of documents Meadows has handed over to the selected House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.
Ginni Thomas’s correspondence with Meadows included a text dated Nov. 10 in which she called Joe Biden’s election victory “the greatest heist in our history.”
Both panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) as Vice President Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) believe the panel should interview her, CNN reported.
sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a member of the Judiciary Committee, joined on Sunday calls for Judge Thomas to abstain from cases related to the 2024 election or the battle over Trump documents after failing to withdrawn from the most recent ruling.
“The facts here are clear. This is incredible. You have the wife of a sitting Supreme Court judge who is arguing for an insurrection, who is arguing for the annulment of a legal election for the incumbent president’s chief of staff and she also knows that this election, these matters, will come for her husband,” said Klobuchar.
She told ABC’s This Week, “This is a textbook example of removing him, releasing him from these decisions.”
Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have made similar calls.
sen. Corey Booker also called for an acquittal by Judge Thomas on Sunday. He noted that Judge Elena Kagan has rejected herself numerous times, “not necessarily because she was conflicted, but because she understood that even the appearance of impropriety would make the court illegal.”
The Supreme Court “needs that legitimacy in this country,” Booker said. “So it’s clear that Judge Thomas should have retired. That’s not even up for discussion here.’
sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both defended Thomas’s ability to remain impartial last week, as did Senator Rick Scott on “Fox News Sunday.”
sen. John Cornyn said on Monday that he did not believe Thomas should back out and that it was “ridiculous” to go after his relatives.
“We should keep family members out of this. It is ridiculous to attack members of a family of famous figures,” the Texan Republican said.
‘I think the pile-up of relatives of famous figures is just an unfortunate development.’
“Mark (don’t want to wake you up)… It sounds like Sidney and her team are being inundated with evidence of fraud. Make a plan. Release the Kraken and save us from the left that is bringing America down,” reads a message Thomas allegedly sent to Meadows on Nov. 19.
Thomas sits with his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas (center) and GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell (right) as he waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation in October 2021
Virginia Thomas – wife of Clarence Thomas, now Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court – stands behind Thomas at a press conference following his confirmation in 1991
Judge Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni has been active in conservative circles for decades
“Release the Kraken” is a phrase popularized by Powell, referring to the alleged discovery of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. It is often used among the far-right fringe of Trump supporters.
The lyrics suggest Thomas even had a hand in drafting Powell’s message — and that she pushed that message to more members of the Trump White House than just Meadows.
Just forwarded to jr gmail an email I sent Jared this am. Sidney Powell and improved coordination will now help the cavalry uncover fraud and save America,” Thomas reportedly wrote to Meadows on Nov. 13.
“Jared” could possibly refer to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser in his administration.
Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas echoed QAnon conspiracy theories and shredded GOP lawmakers who did not support Trump’s efforts to annul the 2020 election in at least 29 text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reveals a new report
Powell was one of the first lawyers to promote Trump’s election fraud theories. But her wild claims and insistence on repeating them made her a polarizing figure that led even ex-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to distance himself.
She was also disgusted by former Vice President Mike Pence, who demanded Trump refuse to count votes certified by states.
“Most of us are disgusted by the VP and are on listening mode to see where we can fight with our teams. Those who attacked the Capitol are not representative of our great teams of patriots for DJT!!’ she wrote to Meadows after the election.