Calls Grow for Clarence Thomas to Recuse Himself From Trump Mar-a-Lago Docs Case

Many social media users have called on Justice Clarence Thomas, who accepted a case on behalf of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, to withdraw from a case relating to government documents that had been improperly removed by the White House.

Those calling for Thomas’s recusal cite his consistent allegiance to TrumpThis is in addition to the fact that Ginni Thomas Thomas, his wife, is a right-wing activist. actively encouraged Trump’s White House staff to illegally overturn his presidential election lossIn the latter half of 2020.

On Tuesday Trump’s legal team submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed the Department of Justice to continue examining more than 100 classified documents that were retrieved from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in early August.

The appeal was sent directly to Thomas as an emergency request by Trump’s lawyers, who gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) a week to respond. Thomas is responsible for all such requests to the 11th Circuit Court system.

Many have raised concernsThomas may not be impartial in the Mar-a-Lago document case. While his wife’s actions don’t relate to the investigation into the documents, Thomas did rule in Trump’s favor in a case that involved his wife and presidential records earlier this year.

Trump tried to prevent the January 6, committee from accessing White House records during his time in office. Those records — like the documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate — are the property of the U.S. government, and likely contain communications between Ginni Thomas and Mark Meadows, who served as Trump’s chief of staff during the final months of his tenure.

Justice Thomas was only Supreme Court member to vote against allowing the documents be transferred. All eight other justices agreed that Trump’s claims of executive privilege were invalid when it came to handing the records over to the January 6 committee.

Many social media users have pointed to Thomas’s dissent in that case as a reason the justice cannot be trusted in the case submitted by Trump’s lawyers this week.

“Of course, Justice Clarence Thomas will recuse himself from Trump case — correct?” presidential historian Michael Beschloss sarcastically wrote on Twitter. Later, Beschloss sent a tweet asking followers to retweet his request if they agreed Thomas should withdraw. That was it. post has been sharedAs of Wednesday, 1 PM Eastern Time, more than 24,000 times.

Some people are unsure that Thomas will withdraw himself from the case because it would make it difficult to decide in future Trump cases.

“While not impossible, I find it unlikely Clarence Thomas will ever recuse himself from a Trump case because it would only serve to confirm the rightful allegations against him *AND* would prevent him in the months or years ahead of future cases where Trump may *REALLY* need him,” wrote author Don Winslow.