A petition calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be impeached has reached over 1 million signatures in the wake of numerous extremist right-wing Court decisions and an ethics scandal over Thomas’s familial ties to the January 6 Capitol attack.
The petition was posted on MoveOnAs of Monday morning, it had nearly 1,078,000 signatures. It was close to reaching its goal of 1 million total signers. It calls for Thomas being impeached, and removed from Court over his conduct. DecisionTo turn Roe v. WadeHis threats to go after rights to gay marriage and contraception, and his failure to recuse himself from cases involving the far right’s attempted coup, which His wife Ginni ThomasParticipated in organizing.
“Thomas’ failure to recuse himself warrants immediate investigation and heightened alarm. And it’s only the latest in a long history of conflicts of interest in the service of a right-wing agenda and mixing his powerful role with his conservative political activism,” the petition reads. “He has shown he cannot be an impartial justice and is more concerned with covering up his wife’s coup attempts than the health of the Supreme Court. He must resign — or Congress must immediately investigate and impeach.”
The petition has been quickly gaining signatures. As of Wednesday, the petition had received over 35,000 signatures. Only about 455,000 signatures. There is no legal mandate to act on the petition, but it is a show of the public’s dissatisfaction with the extremist Supreme Court.
Impeaching a Supreme Court Justice is similarto the impeachment process of presidents. The House would vote on impeachment and the Senate would hold an indictment to decide whether to remove the justice. Only oneJustice has been impeached in the past —Justice Samuel Chase in 1805 —However, the Senate voted for acquittal.
The current situation surrounding the Supreme Court is unusual, however. The court’s far right justices have been on a rampage over the past two weeks, overturning decisions with, in at least one caseThere are hundreds of years of precedent. Yanking rights taken awayThe public is receiving information at an incredible rate. Thomas was also a part of the justices who ruled in favor of overturning Roe, limit the government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gasses, and threaten Native American sovereignty by allowing states to prosecute crimes on tribal lands, Among other rulings.
Thomas was born March 31, the onlyJustice to vote against the release by the president of records related to the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2017. This was an attempt to block former President Donald Trump. Thomas’s dissenting vote was widely condemned as being the result of a conflict of interest, as Evidence showsHis wife had used her proximity to Republican officials to his advantage Campaign to Overturn2020 Election
Some lawmakers have called for the impeachment and resignation of Supreme Court justices following the events of September 11. Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) Last weekThomas should be impeached because he refused to recuse from the January 6 Records case and his almost decade-long failure. disclose hundreds of thousands of dollarsHis wife received income from the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation.
Ocasio Cortez also demanded that Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch be impeached. After lawmakers recorded testimony, it was clear that the far-right justices lied about wanting to overturn landmark precedents such as RoeDuring their confirmation hearings. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) has Also, they are asked forImpeachment investigations for justices
Allowing these lies to pass without consequence is “particularly dangerous” because “it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure Supreme Court confirmations,” Ocasio-Cortez said on NBCLast week.