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Ocasio-Cortez to Clarence Thomas: Resign or face impeachment


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEnergy & Environment — Biden seeks nearly billion funding boost for EPA Environmental organizations unveil ‘Green New Deal pledge’ for 2022 candidates Pelosi backs Cuellar, says ‘I don’t know what it is’ of FBI raid MORE (DN.Y.) on Tuesday called on Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasJudiciary chair calls on Justice Thomas to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases Justice Thomas participates remotely in oral arguments amid ongoing scrutiny The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: `No’ policy for Russia regime change MORE to resign or face impeachment for what she depicted as a pattern of ethical breaches.

“Clarence Thomas should resign,” she wrote on Twitter. “If not, his failure of him to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife of him, and his vote of him to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment.”

Ocasio-Cortez is just the latest in a series of Democratic lawmakers and legal experts to intensify ethical scrutiny of Thomas in the wake of explosive reports last week that exposed his wife’s aggressive efforts to help overturn former president trumpDonald TrumpTrump issues statement claiming hole-in-one on Florida course Pelosi: ‘I fear for our democracy’ if Republicans win House Jan. 6 panel votes to advance contempt proceedings for Navarro, Scavino MORE‘s electoral defeat.

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Those revelations raised fresh questions about the justice’s refusal to step aside from related cases before the Supreme Court, including at least 10 rulings concerning the 2020 presidential election, without any indication of him recusing.

The ruling that has drawn the sharpest criticism came in January, when Thomas was the only justice who dissented in an 8-1 ruling that cleared the way for House investigators probing the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection to obtain Trump-era White House records .

His vote attracted renewed attention last week after it was reported that, in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Thomas’s wife, Virginia Thomas, exchanged dozens of text messages with then-White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to advance contempt proceedings for Navarro, Scavino Judiciary chair calls on Justice Thomas to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases Justice Thomas participates remotely in oral arguments amid ongoing scrutiny MORE that appeared to show her strategizing over how to bypass the will of American voters to install Trump for a second White House term despite his loss to President BidenJoe BidenPelosi: ‘I fear for our democracy’ if Republicans win House Jan. 6 panel votes to advance contempt proceedings for Navarro, Scavino Biden’s ‘careless remark’ on Putin incenses GOP MOREan outcome she described as an “obvious fraud” and “the greatest heist of our history.”

The revelations have prompted growing calls for Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from future cases involving disputes over the 2020 election and Jan. 6 insurrection. Others, like Ocasio-Cortez, have gone further in calling for Thomas to resign or be forced off the bench through impeachment.

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Supreme Court justices — unlike judges on lower federal courts — are not bound by a code of conduct and are permitted to decide for themselves whether recusal is appropriate.




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