DeSantis Comes To Justice Thomas's Aid Amid Ongoing Controversy

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 01 April 2022 16:45
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis applauded Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as the “greatest living justice” in a brief statement Tuesday amid ethical concerns over his wife’s support of capsizing the 2020 presidential election.

“The only thing I will say: Clarence Thomas, greatest living justice and one of the greatest public servants in America,” DeSantis stated after a press conference at the Florida Capitol.

The compliments from the Republican governor come as the most senior Supreme Court justice’s wife, Ginni Thomas, has recently been the subject of ethical scrutiny by primarily Democratic lawmakers over text messages she sent in November 2020 to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. In her messages, Ginni Thomas expressed support for former President Donald Trump’s legal team to uncover election fraud and lawyer Sidney Powell’s bid to challenge the 2020 election results.

The government watchdog group American Oversight obtained emails in February dating back to June 2021, revealing that the justice’s wife emailed DeSantis and that her “husband has been in contact with him too on various things of late,” implying the governor and justice hold an established relationship.

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In addition, it appears likely that the U.S. House Committee probing the attack will ask Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a Nebraska native and longtime Conservative activist, to answer questions about her recently disclosed text messages as the panel’s investigation steps up.

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DeSantis’s comments echo similar support expressed by GOP Sen. Rick Scott, the former governor of Florida. He dismissed calls by Democrats for Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from future cases related to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“Well, first off, I admire and respect Clarence Thomas. I think he’s been a great Supreme Court justice. And Clarence Thomas in my opinion will always do the right thing,” Scott told Fox News Sunday. Despite the buffer support provided by GOP officials amid calls for Clarence Thomas to recuse for specific matters and even impeachment calls by liberal Democrats Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the notion of impeaching the justice has largely been shot down by members of Congress.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers that it’s “up to an individual justice to decide to recuse himself if his wife is participating in a coup” during a House Democrat Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, Punchbowl News reported.

Another senior Democratic lawmaker expressed to the Washington Examiner they “don’t think” the push for impeachment has any teeth to it.

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