AOC Demands Thomas Recuse Himself From Colorado Ballot Case

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) is advocating for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the case involving former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to be on the GOP primary ballot in Colorado.

“It’s very clear: Clarence Thomas and, rather, his wife, Ginni, participated in the events of Jan. 6, and now what is likely coming before the Supreme Court is a judgment as to whether an event that his wife participated in, that his wife has been investigated by in the Jan. 6 committee, qualifies as an insurrection,” AOC said in an interview.

AOC’s interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday stemmed from a letter that she and seven other House Democrats sent to Thomas last week.

The lawmakers argue that Thomas could not be impartial about whether or not the events of January 6 constituted an insurrection because of his wife’s attendance and role in the organization of those events.

“There is no evidence that her views about the 2020 election have softened, and it is unreasonable to conclude your wife’s fervent views do not bleed over to and affect your opinions, and affect your ability to be impartial in a case about Mr. Trump’s efforts to prevent the orderly transition of power,” the lawmakers wrote.

During her interview, AOC also stated that Justice Thomas would have a conflict of interest in the case.

She contended that if the Court rules to keep Trump off the ballot, they will also be declaring the events surrounding January 6 an insurrection which could potentially implicate Thomas’ wife for her attendance at the event and role in planning it.

“Clarence Thomas’s decision on that, one way or another, and overall the court’s decision on that, would directly implicate his wife, and so, this is just one of the most classic, textbook conflicts of interest, and it would frankly be a scandal if he did not recuse himself,” AOC said.

In the letter, the Democrats also argue that Thomas could not be impartial because his wife loves Trump so much and that his wife’s consulting firm, Liberty Consulting, could make more money if Trump is elected president.