Legal scholar Jonathan Turley has dropped the hammer on radical Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she called for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to “be impeached.”
Omar joined the chorus of Democrats demanding the impeachment of Justice Thomas over text messages his wife Ginni sent.
Clarence Thomas needs to be impeached https://t.co/ZuZbxkMaYs
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 25, 2022
However, Turley slammed the Democrats’ arguments as “ludicrous and disconnected from any constitutional or logical foundation.”
“It is often said that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail,” Turley said.
“In modern American politics, it often seems like the only tool is impeachment and every controversy instantly becomes a high crime and misdemeanor.
“Donald Trump was impeached not once but twice.
“Not long after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, Democrats like then-Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded his impeachment.
“Others demanded the impeachment of Attorney General Bill Barr and cabinet members.
“Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is only the latest addition to that ever-lengthening list.
“In reality, the calls for his impeachment are entirely disconnected from any constitutional or logical foundation.
“Rather, the Thomas controversy shows how the impeachment mantra has become a raging impeachment addiction.
“Omar was the first member of Congress to call for Thomas to be impeached when it was revealed that the Jan. 6th Commission found 29 messages of his wife, Ginni, to the White House.
“MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan echoed the call for impeachment as did former Sen. Barbara Boxer and others.
“The reason that Ginni Thomas’ messages were seized is not because she was a key figure in the investigation but that the Commission has demanded any messages that deal with such challenges or the rally — a scope that has been criticized as overbroad.
“Congress then leaked the messages and the media did the rest.
“There is no evidence that Ginni Thomas ever encouraged violence or was even present at the Capitol during the riot.
“Thomas said that she attended the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6 but left early, before Trump spoke, and never went to the Capitol.
“Even in the age of the ‘snap impeachment,’ this is little more than a snap judgment on a poorly understood record.
“Media and legal experts are clamoring for impeachment.
“The most ironic may be Boxer.
“Ginni Thomas has been called a ‘colluder’ for calling for a challenge to the certification of the election victory of President Joe Biden.
“The prior organized challenge to certification was led by Sen. Boxer.
“In January 2005, she joined former Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones to challenge George W. Bush’s victory over Democratic challenger John Kerry in the state of Ohio.
“She argued that Republicans stole the election. Sound familiar?
“The media and Democratic leadership was highly supportive.
“Indeed, many who are condemning the challenge today heaped praise on Boxer.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Boxer’s challenge as ‘witnessing Democracy at work. This isn’t as some of our Republican colleagues have referred to it, sadly, as frivolous. This debate is fundamental to our democracy.’
“That act so ‘fundamental to our democracy’ is now being cited as evidence that Ginni Thomas is potentially liable for her advocacy with the White House.
“Nothing in these messages supports such liability. Absent additional evidence (which has notably not been leaked), these messages show a spouse of a justice engaged in protected political speech.
“None of that matters, of course.
“Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’ Leary Carmona who called for impeachment and declared that ‘the revelations that Ginni Thomas advocated for the overthrow of our democracy are disqualifying — not just for her … but for her husband. He is hopelessly compromised, conflicted and corrupt, and he must be impeached immediately.’
“The calls for the impeachment of Justice Thomas are ludicrous but there is nothing laughable about the impeachment addiction fueling this frenzy.
“People of good faith can disagree on the need of Thomas to recuse himself from certain Commission-related cases.
“However, impeaching Thomas based on these grounds would expose all justices to the threat of politically motivated impeachments as majorities shift in Congress.
“That is precisely what the Framers sought to avoid under our Constitution,” he said.
The calls for Justice Thomas’ impeachment are entirely disconnected from any constitutional or logical foundation. Rather, the Thomas controversy shows how the impeachment mantra has become a raging impeachment addiction. https://t.co/2JS1QWgRAv
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 27, 2022