(RepublicanInformer.com)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stopped short of calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ resignation but said his wife’s newly released text messages about efforts to keep former President Donald Trump in office demonstrate the need for a “code of ethics” for the nation’s highest court.
“If your wife is an admitted and proud contributor to a coup of our country, maybe you should weigh that in your ethical standards,” Pelosi said.
Her comments came during a Capitol press conference on Thursday about whether Thomas should disqualify himself from issues involving the 2020 election or the Capitol riot of January 6th.
Several other Democrats, notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, have called for Thomas to resign or be impeached for not recusing himself.
When asked if Thomas should resign, Pelosi said she wouldn’t know that but added, “I don’t think he should have ever been appointed.”
Democrats had targeted Thomas after it was revealed that his wife, a conservative activist, exchanged 29 text messages with then-chief of staff Mark Meadows during the period when Trump and his allies were promising to take the election results to the Supreme Court to overturn them.
Thomas contacted Meadows on Nov. 10 after news agencies declared Biden the winner: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the evidence raises significant doubts about how involved Justice Thomas and his wife were in the insurgency’s planning and execution of the riot.
“They’re making judgments about the air we breathe and everything else. And we don’t even know what their ethical standard is,” said Pelosi.
H.R.1, the Democrats’ comprehensive voting reform bill, featured a code of ethics for the Supreme Court, but that bill failed in the Senate. Pelosi expressed interest in resurrecting that section in light of Thomas’ texts to Mark Meadows.
Is it unethical for a spouse of a supreme court justice to have strong political opinions?