Over 140K Sign Petition for Clarence Thomas to Be Impeached

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The conservative justice is also facing growing calls to recuse himself from cases related to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol after it emerged that his wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, repeatedly urged aides of former President Donald Trump to try to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

A series of text messages, first reported by The Washington Post and CBS News, showed Ginni Thomas imploring then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to challenge the results.

Ginni Thomas has denied having any conflicts of interest with her husband's work, telling the right-wing Washington Free Beacon earlier this month: "Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work."

But a petition launched by progressive advocacy group MoveOn says Ginni Thomas' involvement is "only the latest in a long history of conflicts of interest" for Justice Thomas.

The petition, which had garnered more than 143,000 signatures as of Thursday, is calling for Justice Thomas to immediately resign or face impeachment.

It noted that he was the lone dissenting voice when the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year to allow the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack to obtain access to contested White House records.

"It has become clear that his wife—longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas—was actively urging the White House to overturn election results both leading up to January 6 and after the deadly insurrection," the petition says.

"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 alleges Justice Thomas "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."

In a statement provided to Newsweek, MoveOn's executive director, Rahna Epting, said Ginni Thomas' text messages "revealed a direct conflict of interest for Justice Thomas when a lawsuit came before the Supreme Court on whether the Trump White House needed to disclose communications we now know included texts from his wife. Justice Thomas was the only vote against White House officials having to disclose the documents."

Epting added: "This is a severe conflict of interest. Justice Thomas has disgraced himself and American democracy. He must immediately resign or be impeached."

Justice Thomas, who was appointed by former president George H. W. Bush in 1991, is the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court.

The 73-year-old was admitted to hospital on March 18 with "flu-like symptoms" and treated for an infection with intravenous antibiotics. He was discharged a week later and participated in oral arguments remotely rather than in person this week.

Two dozen Democrats sent a letter this week calling on Justice Thomas to "promptly recuse himself" from future cases related to efforts to challenge the 2020 election or the January 6 attack. They also demanded Justice Thomas "immediately issue a written explanation for his failure to recuse himself" in previous cases.

Some Democrats have gone further and called on Thomas to resign from the high court.

"Clarence Thomas should resign," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter earlier this week. "If not, his failure to disclose income from right-wing organizations, recuse himself from matters involving his wife, and his vote to block the Jan 6th commission from key information must be investigated and could serve as grounds for impeachment."

Thomas didn't immediately respond to a request for comment made through the Supreme Court's public information office.

Activists call for Clarence Thomas impeachment
MoveOn activists call for the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 30, 2022, in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for MoveOn