Calmes: Clarence Thomas’ Jan. 6 conflicts of interest are showing again
Clarence Thomas’ Jan. 6 conflicts of interest are showing again
Last week, I wrote about my concerns about why Clarence Thomas’ name continues to be floated as a possible replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
I said: “It remains unclear why the justice appears so frequently at the same events as current Chief Justice John Roberts, and why he has taken a leading role in the confirmation hearings of current Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and retired Associate Justice David Souter. It’s no surprise that the hearings were so contentious. The hearings were supposed to be about making judicial nominations, but all anyone cared about was who would be nominated. At the very least, the hearings should have been about the selection criteria used to make the nominations.”
It was the second time in 24 hours that I’ve mentioned my concerns about the nominee to the Supreme Court. The first time was last night on Fox Business Network when host Lou Dobbs asked a panel of lawyers which Supreme Court justice they would vote for in a primary election. Dobbs’s panel was unanimous in voting for Thomas, prompting Dobbs’s lead off question to say “Doesn’t it seem like this is a very personal vote?” “This is the person you have to choose,” he said. “If you take a look at the Supreme Court record over the five-year period the Court has had, this is the person that has most often written the majority opinion in the Supreme Court.”
You’ll see if there’s any more proof of Thomas’ conflicts of interest tomorrow when the Senate Judiciary Committee first votes on Thomas for the Supreme Court. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET. The committee is scheduled to vote at 10 a.m. ET. We’ll be watching for more from the Democrats and Republicans on the committee. You can see how they voted for Thomas in our coverage of yesterday’s hearing on Fox News.
So what’s next? The Senate Judiciary