House Dems Demand Justice Thomas Recusal from Trump 2020 Election Case
Different day, different case, same attack by Democrats against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
A group of House Democrats led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) are now demanding that Thomas recuse himself from the Trump election regarding Trump’s immunity from prosecution.
As they have done before, Democrats are focusing on the actions of Thomas’ wife, Ginni, after the election took place, specifically, her texts to then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Code of Conduct
Recently, Chief Justice Roberts introduced a formal code of conduct that would be adopted by the Supreme Court, which was more or less a regurgitation of the rules that judges at all levels must adhere to.
The new code says that justices should recuse themselves from cases where their impartiality could be called into question.
With no enforcement body in place, it is up to the justices to enforce the rules against themselves, nor do they have to provide any explanation as to why they would step aside in a case such as this.
The Democrat lawmakers wrote, "If you want to show the American people that the Supreme Court's recent code of conduct is worth more than the paper it is written on, you must do the honorable thing and recuse yourself from any decisions in the case of United States v. Trump.”
Special Counsel Jack Smith decided to push Trump’s stance that he cannot be prosecuted for crimes while he was in office directly to the Supreme Court rather than allow this to play out in the lower courts, possibly putting the case behind schedule as well as knowing full well that Trump’s attorneys would have appealed to the Supreme Court had they lost rulings in the lower courts.
The primary question to be answered is if Trump’s actions challenging the results of the election were part of his presidential duties or if he was acting on behalf of his personal interests.
The Trump legal team has until December 20, 2023, to respond to Smith’s request, at which point the court will announce whether it will take the case.
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