House Dems demand Justice Thomas recuse himself from major SCOTUS case

September 28, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

House Democrats have continued their relentless assault on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, this time demanding he recuse himself from an upcoming case. 

According to The Hill, the case, "Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, asks the justices to overturn the so-called Chevron deference, which for nearly four decades has given agencies wide authority to implement regulations."

Overturning the case would mark a massive blow to federal agencies' powers.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs have been linked to the conservative Koch brothers, and Democrats are pointing to Thomas' involvement with the Koch brothers and various fundraising events.

The letter

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) spearheaded the letter, signed by 50 House Democrats who believe Thomas should recuse himself from the case, given the potential outcome and the Koch brothers connection to it.

"But there is no question that your lengthy relationship with the Kochs, including your participation in donor retreats for the Koch network, requires recusal in the upcoming case that the Koch network has teed up in an attempt to overturn Chevron," the group of Dems wrote.

The Examiner noted:

The letter, led by Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.), also included as signatories Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), among others.

They added, "Here, the Kochs — political activists that you have personally helped fundraise for and personally financially benefited from while their crusade to overturn Chevron was public and well-known — are a party to this case."

The Democrats behind the letter attempted to guilt Thomas into recusing, claiming not doing so would undermine the "public's faith" in the entire federal judiciary.

"If you do not recognize that your behavior disqualifies you from ruling on such a consequential case and you do not recuse yourself, it will do irreparable harm to the Court’s credibility and to the public’s faith in the impartial rulings of the entire federal judiciary," they continued.

Dirty tricks?

Many believe the Democrats are simply trying to pack the high court by "subtracting" justices from it, since they failed to get their way in adding more justices to the court.

Democrats have nitpicked Thomas and other conservative justices for years now, and especially so this year.

Only time will tell if Thomas recuses himself, but so far, he's stood his ground against their attacks.

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