The Wife Of A Supreme Court Justice …

This story began with something that crossed my radar last night and set off red flags and warning bells.  But, as sometimes happens, the story didn’t begin or end with that one story, but has an even deeper, darker understory.  I want to warn you that some of this is going to sound a bit far-fetched, but I assure you, I have double-checked and verified everything I’m about to tell you, so hold onto your hats, folks.

Clarence-thomasJustice Clarence Thomas has had a seat on the United States Supreme Court since 1990 when he replaced one of the most-respected Justices in the history of the nation, Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Thomas’ confirmation was sticky, to say the least, with a less-than-stellar ranking from the American Bar Association, his reticence to answer many questions, and lastly allegations of sexual misconduct, but still he was confirmed.  He leans to the right … a bit too far for my tastes, but nonetheless, I’ve had no truck with him.  His wife, however, is another matter.Ginny-ThomasGinny Thomas, it appears, has played a significant role in the recent purges within the Trump administration … purges not based on incompetence, but rather on not being considered to be ‘loyal’ enough to Trump.  Loyalists, or close allies of Trump, provided him lists of names of those who were perceived as not being 100% on board with Trump, and Ginny Thomas was one of the leaders of the pack.

Before I proceed, let me just state for the record that the Supreme Court is expected to be completely independent from the president.  The Justices do not work for, nor answer to the president.  It seems to me that this is a gross conflict of interest, for the wife of one of the justices to be serving as an unofficial advisor to the president, bringing about the firing of staff for no reason that would pass the smell test in a court of law.

Ginny Thomas and a Republican Senate staffer, Barbara Ledeen, have been compiling lists of all those they felt lacked sufficient loyalty to Trump.  One of the casualties of Ms. Thomas’ lists was Jessie Liu.  Liu was a U.S. Attorney for the District Columbia, a position she resigned earlier this month, apparently at the request of U.S. District Attorney William Barr.  She had been nominated by Trump to a high-level position at the U.S. Department of Treasury and had planned to resign her position with the DC U.S. Attorney’s office soon anyway, so not much notice was taken.

Then, suddenly, Trump rescinded Ms. Liu’s nomination.  It turns out, the reason was a list compiled by Ginny Thomas and Barbara Ledeen listing at least three reasons she felt Ms. Liu was not loyal enough.  One reason Ginny questioned Liu’s loyalty was that she failed to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, for she found he had committed no crimes.  Another was that she had recommended jail time for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pled guilty and was convicted of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia’s ambassador in the matter of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election.  Trump felt Flynn’s conviction was unfair, even though Flynn had pled guilty, so Liu’s recommendation that he serve time in prison made her, in Thomas & Ledeen’s book, disloyal.

The third, and perhaps most disgusting reason on the infamous list was that Ms. Liu refused to press criminal charges against certain of the women who came forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his confirmation hearing in 2018.  To the best of my knowledge, none of those women had done anything that would warrant criminal charges, and obviously that was Ms. Liu’s conclusion as well.  And a fourth reason Thomas & Ledeen apparently felt Ms. Liu had failed the loyalty test, is that she dismissed charges against “violent inauguration protesters who plotted to disrupt the inauguration.”

The compilation of these lists has been going on for some 18 months, but it was only after his acquittal by the Senate last month that Trump suddenly felt emboldened and invincible enough to act upon the information he had been given.  Ms. Thomas, however, has been a right-wing political activist since at least 2013, in conjunction with a number of journalists from Breitbart and other right-wing organizations.  Thomas has also been a columnist for the Daily Caller (a right-wing news and opinion website founded by none other than Fox News’ half-witted Tucker Carlson) and a tea party consultant and lobbyist.

I have no evidence that Justice Thomas has done anything wrong, but … by his wife acting in this capacity, advising Trump of who should be fired, of who is sufficiently loyal … there is the appearance of possible involvement where there should be none.  The role of Supreme Court Justice is a very high honour that comes with an expectation that the wearer of that black robe will be above the fray, above suspicion.  I’m afraid I no longer have faith that Justice Thomas is, in fact, above corruption.  What his wife is doing is, in itself, disgusting, but that she is also the wife of a Supreme Court Justice is highly improper.

18 thoughts on “The Wife Of A Supreme Court Justice …

    • It is indeed unbelievable! My jaw quite literally dropped when this came onto my radar, and I thought “Nah … no way … the wife of a SCOTUS?” But, the more I dug, the worse it got, and I just couldn’t let it pass unnoticed, as it seemed to be doing. Glad to have provided enlightenment, but sorry to have increased the angst. Sigh. Such is our world today. Hugs! ❤

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  1. Wow! I think you could be a private detective! Think of all you could dig up!
    This is disturbing for sure! Perhaps she pushed Clarence to be on the Supreme Court so that she could have a way to wield the power that she obviously thinks she is entitled to!

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    • Awwww … thanks, my friend, but all this information was a matter of public record … it was just a matter of digging for it. I don’t know what her game is, and I don’t know how much influence she has over her hubby, but it certainly gives the appearance of and the potential for a corrupt Justice on the bench.

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    • I hear you. I get tired of it, too, but I think it’s important that we stay informed, and yes, even stay angry, for otherwise we become inured and, as you say, we shrug our shoulders and say, “Just another day …” We cannot do that, for if we do, he wins. Sigh. But yes, it is exhausting, depressing, and is taking a toll on us all.

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  2. Jill, good reporting and summary. You also might want to look into Thomas’ wife leaving a message for Anita Hill about ten or fifteen years after her Senate testimony that Thomas sexually harassed her. Hill said in response she was not about to as it did happen. If anyone deserves an apology, it is her. What also frustrates me is another of Thomas’ alleged victims was waiting to testify and was never called in to do so.

    When Senators don’t want to find the truth, then we end up with concerns. By the way, people are up in arms over the Houston Astros cheating, but it is OK when politicians like Trump, Nixon, Cheney cheat far worse. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Ahhhh … that’s one I missed! I will definitely look into it. The more I learn about Ginny Thomas, the less I like her. What business does she have … ??? Indeed, I remember the confirmation hearings, and Ms. Hill’s testimony, though I didn’t remember that there was another accuser who didn’t testify. Shades of the Kavanaugh hearing?

      It seems that a group of the Senators today don’t want to find out the truth … to the extent that they have donned both blinders and earplugs to keep it out. Y’know … I had the same thought a few nights ago when I read somebody going on at length about the Astros and I thought … really? This is what’s so important with everything else going on in the world? Sigh.

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    • Yep, I think a single word uttered in the hearing of the wrong person can get you fired without cause. I guess, if you are totally incompetent, you have to surround yourself with henchmen to protect your regime.

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  3. It’s like mob rule where every petty grievance was paid back whether there was cause or not.In the French Revolution people would be denounced to Citizen Robespierre and his committee and their lives and their living were at risk.It seems the people weren’t happy unless someone else was suffering though of course they would denounce someone to advance themselves. Little has changed. It no longer matters if someone is good at their job.
    Cwtch.

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    • Precisely like mob rule, and it’s not the first time this administration has been compared to the Mafia. Imagine, you’re a White House staffer, in the bathroom washing your hands when a co-worker walks in and you start chatting. You say, “Did you see that ugly tie he had on today?” Next Monday you get your pink slip … fired … no reason. You’re right … little has changed. People are still like that … they take some perverse pleasure in the pain and suffering of others, or delight in stirring up trouble, then standing back and watching. Apparently the only criteria is that you are 100% loyal to Trump … competence is not requisite. But then … since there is no competence at the top, why should we expect any down through the ranks? Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  4. Yikes. I had no idea Jill. Where would we be without you?
    It doesn’t automatically mean Justice Thomas is compromised, but if I had to bet my hard-earned money….
    Let’s just say it sure doesn’t smells right.
    Thanks for this info which was new to me.

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    • Ha ha … you’d probably be a lot less stressed if you didn’t have to listen to me rant all the time! But seriously, thanks Greg!

      No, it doesn’t automatically mean Justice Thomas is compromised, but as you said, something sure doesn’t smell quite right.

      Good to see you, my friend! 😊

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