House Democrats demand Thomas recuses himself from Trump immunity case

The Democrats said Thomas' impartiality may be questioned because his wife "was intimately involved in Mr. Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election."

Published: December 18, 2023 1:11pm

Several House Democrats are demanding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recuse himself from reviewing a case about whether former President Donald Trump is immune from prosecution on charges that he allegedly tried to overturn the 2020 election in his favor. 

"For the reasons explained below, we strongly implore you to exercise your discretion and recuse yourself from this and any other decisions in the case of United States v. Trump," the group of eight Democrats wrote late last week to Thomas in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

Signatories to the letter include Reps. Hank Johnson, Ga.; Jamie Raskin, Md.; Madeleine Dean, Pa.; Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y.; Gerald Connolly, Va.; Dan Goldman, N.Y.; and Jasmine Crockett, Texas.

The Democrats wrote how Thomas' impartiality may be questioned because his wife, Ginni Thomas, "was intimately involved in Mr. Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election and to obstruct its certification – the very conspiracies at issue in this case."

Senate Democrats sent a similar letter to Thomas last week. 

Special counsel Jack Smith's request for the Supreme Court to decide whether Trump is immune for prosecution comes as the 2024 election race heats up, with Trump as the likely Republican nominee against President Joe Biden.

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