WE Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is facing calls to recuse himself from a case brought by the former president donald trump amid an investigation into his handling of White House documents.
Trump is appealing a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit that cleared the justice department (DOJ) to continue to use classified documents seized from the residence of former President Mar-a-Lago as part of its investigation.
The decision of the college of three judges “remained” a command by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon who authorized the special captain assigned to the case to review classified documents and temporarily barred the DOJ from reviewing seized material.
Many social media users expressed concern about Judge Thomas’ potential involvement in the case, and some called on him to recuse himself from the case.
Thomas handles emergency calls for the 11th Circuit, so the request was submitted to him, but no decision will be made before the DOJ has filed a response, which is expected next Tuesday.
“Retweet this if you think Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from acting on the Trump case,” he tweeted. NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschlag.
Attorney Tristan Snell tweeted that “The judge covering the 11th is… Clarence Thomas. Thomas will therefore hear a case which potentially involves the 6th January insurrection plot in which his wife may have been involved.”
Snell was referring to Thomas’ wife, lawyer and conservative activist, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, who testified on September 29 before the House of Representatives Select Committee investigating on January 6, 2021.
Thomas told the committee that she still believes the 2020 presidential election was stolenaccording to the chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson.
Ben Meiselas, attorney and co-founder of political action committee MeidasTouch, tweeted: “The fact that a real Supreme Court Justice (Clarence Thomas) would even consider this absurd request by Trump to overturn the 11th Circuit’s stay and would require a response from the DOJ is yet another scar on this Supreme Court, regardless of the end result.”
Glenn Kirschner, legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBCtweeted that Trump is “asking the Supreme Court/Clarence Thomas to help him. When will the Justice Department act? Because #JusticeMatters.”
“Clarence Thomas has stripped himself of all credibility,” tweeted comedian and actor John Fugelsang.
Author Don Winslow wrote about Twitter that he doubted that “Clarence Thomas would ever recuse himself from a Trump case because it would only serve to confirm the legitimate allegations against him *AND* prevent him in the months or years to come from future cases where Trump may *REALLY* need him.”
Navy veteran Bruno Amato tweeted: “Who controls the Supreme Court? Clarence Thomas should have no ‘choice’ to recuse himself. Therein lies the problem.”
Some Democrats called on Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Capitol riot after text messages showed his wife urging former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to overturn the 2020 election results.
In January, Justice Thomas was the lone dissenting vote when the Supreme Court majority ruled against Trump’s attempt to block the release of certain presidential filings requested by the House committee investigating Jan. 6.
Newsweek asked the DOJ and Trump’s office for comment.