Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin has publicly stated that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from any Supreme Court decisions regarding former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on primary ballots. This statement comes in the wake of Trump’s name being removed from the Colorado and Maine primary ballots due to alleged violations of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.
Raskin, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” argued that Justice Thomas’s impartiality could be compromised due to his wife’s reported involvement in disputing the 2020 election results. He pointed out that Ginni Thomas, the Justice’s wife, had allegedly sent text messages to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, urging efforts to keep Trump in office following the 2020 election. Additionally, she was reported to have contacted Arizona lawmakers to influence the selection of electors.
These revelations have led to calls from multiple Democrats for Justice Thomas to either resign or recuse himself from decisions related to the January 6 Capitol riot, citing concerns over the ethics of the Supreme Court. Raskin emphasized the need for Justice Thomas to step aside from any Trump-related ballot access cases, questioning what actions could be taken if he does not recuse himself.
The Supreme Court, which recently developed a “Code of Conduct,” has been criticized by Raskin for lacking independent oversight in its ethical decision-making. He suggested that the Court could have involved circuit court justices or state Supreme Court justices in forming an ethics panel, rather than deciding internally.
The controversy over Trump’s ballot access has garnered significant attention, with legal experts and Democrats questioning the decisions to remove his name from primary ballots. Trump’s name was later reinstated on the Colorado ballot after state GOP officials appealed to the Supreme Court, which has not yet announced whether it will hear the case.
This ongoing debate highlights the complex interplay between law, politics, and the judiciary, as the nation prepares for the upcoming presidential election cycle.