Trashing Clarence Thomas – WSJ

Clarence Thomas and Virginia Thomas arrive at the White House for a state dinner.


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The January 6th House Committee may subpoena Ginni Thomas, but don’t think this is about Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife. This is an attempt to damage justice, and it will not help the committee’s cause.

Vice Chair Liz Cheney says the committee hopes Ms Thomas will appear voluntarily but is considering a subpoena if she declines. This is allegedly linked to Ms Thomas’ communications with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, among other things, in which she urged him to get over what she described as a stolen election. Their claims were just as unfounded as Donald Trump’s.

But committee member Adam Schiff gave away the actual game, as he often does. Asked Sunday on CBS‘s

“Face the Nation,” if that would set a “dangerous precedent,” Mr. Schiff summed up his policy objective:

“In this case, for Clarence Thomas to make a decision, in a case of dissent, in a case where Congress is trying to get documents, and those documents could pertain to his own wife, that’s the line that’s been crossed became. And I think Congress should deal with these issues, deal with conflicts of interest. But the point here is to explore questions about whether it’s a Supreme Court justice’s wife or someone else, whether they have information or a role in efforts to overturn an election. Yes, they are not disqualified from the exam.”

Mr. Schiff is referring to a dissent by Judge Thomas in January in a case involving Mr. Trump’s attempt to block Congress from obtaining certain documents. Judge Thomas was the only dissenter and offered no explanation. Mr Schiff implies that Judge Thomas ruled based on his wife’s views or wanted to help Mr Trump, although he has no evidence to support the charges.

These are the sort of insinuations Mr. Schiff specialized in during the investigation into collusion in Russia when he was caught making claims allegedly based on classified information that turned out to be false. Ms. Cheney keeps telling Republicans to believe the committee’s findings, and much of it is compelling. But Mr. Schiff’s attempt to use a spouse to tarnish a Supreme Court justice’s reputation will cause many to ignore the entire effort.

Review and Outlook: While Democrats want to use the Jan. 6 investigation to paint the opposition as a gang of rioting lunatics, Republicans cannot ignore the mounting evidence of Donald Trump’s behavior. Images: Press Pool/Reuters/Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly

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