Supreme Court abortion leak investigation and the curious case of Clarence Thomas and Co.

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  2 weeks ago  •  29 comments

By:   Rex Huppke, USA TODAY

Supreme Court abortion leak investigation and the curious case of Clarence Thomas and Co.

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Supreme Court abortion leak investigation and the curious case of Clarence Thomas and Co.






Rex Huppke, USA TODAY






Tue, May 10, 2022, 11:15 AM




I was glad to hear U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts launched an investigation  into who leaked a draft opinion on abortion rights, and while I don’t claim to be an expert on leaks or investigations or court credibility, I wonder if he might also want to look into how the wife of another justice might have supported an attempt to overthrow the government.




Just throwing that out there in hopes of being helpful.

Roberts reportedly summoned the Marshal of the Court, who I assume carries a badge and has a six-shooter on each hip, to sniff out the leaker who gave   Politico   a draft opinion showing the court may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the constitutional right to abortion. It’s definitely important to get to the bottom of that, but as long as they’re doing some investigating, maybe the marshal could hop on a horse and trot over to this other justice’s office – I think his name is Clarence – and inquire about the far-right activist he’s married to,   Ginni Thomas .

The 'integrity of our operations'


In a   statement , Roberts said the leak of the draft opinion was “intended to undermine the integrity of our operations” and “was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the court and the community of public servants who work here.”



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Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrives to watch Amy Coney Barrett take the Constitutional Oath on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Ginni Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden. She is a longtime conservative activist who asked her more than 10,000 followers Oct. 26, 2020, to consider sharing a link focused on alleged corruption by Biden and his son, Hunter, as well as claims that social media companies are censoring reports about the Bidens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ORG XMIT: WX121

All true, for sure. You can’t have a leaky high court.


But we haven’t heard Roberts comment yet on the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who, based on text messages  turned over to the  Jan. 6 committee , thinks the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Heist of our History” and “the end of Liberty” and that the Bidens, members of the media and other “ballot fraud co-conspirators” will soon “be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”


A Mother's Day reminder:   We all feel guilty but are trying our best.

I’m just a humble columnist, but she sounds a few flapjacks shy of breakfast, if you know what I mean. Seems any good investigation aimed at preserving the reputation of the court might want to make sure none of that zaniness found its way into Justice Thomas’ head. You know … through osmosis and whatnot.

Why didn't Thomas recuse himself?


Again, I know the leak is a bad thing, but … you know … maybe so is knowing your wife might have sent a batch of unhinged text messages to the White House chief of staff and then not   recusing   yourself from the case that would allow those text messages to be revealed.



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FILE - Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Friday, April 23, 2021. Thomas has been hospitalized because of an infection, the Supreme Court said Sunday, March 20, 2022. Thomas, 73, has been at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., since Friday, March 18 after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” the court said in a statement. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File) ORG XMIT: NYNYT601
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Because that’s exactly what happened in January, when Justice Thomas was the only member of the court to rule in favor of former President Donald Trump’s request to keep White House records from the Jan. 6 committee.

Are we trying to destroy America?   From Tucker to Trump, we're doing a good job of it.

A month earlier, Ginni Thomas had signed her name to   a letter   sent to conservative leaders lambasting the work of the committee investigating the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol building that happened after a “Save America Rally” she attended.

A convenient series of events


To summarize – and I apologize, marshal, I’m not trying to do your work for you – in the wake of Trump’s election loss to President Joe Biden, Thomas sent wildly conspiratorial emails to Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff at the time, then she helped promote and attend the rally that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, then she denounced the committee investigating the attack, then her husband on the Supreme Court was the only justice who wanted to block the release of information that would include his wife’s texts to Meadows.

Columnist Rex Huppke:   Ginni Thomas' texts show the Big Lie has metastasized into a Big Delusion. Enough already.



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US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (R) and his wife Virginia Thomas, (C) watch as the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Sept. 23, 2020.

I’m not a marshal, nor am I trained in tracking down leaks or leakers. I have neither plumbing nor investigative experience. But I still think the Thomas family situation might fall under the “undermine the integrity of our operations” umbrella the Chief Justice opened, so as long as you’ve got your guy doing some poking around, why not turn over a few additional rocks and see what you find?

And while you’re at it – and I say this at the risk of sounding bossy – what about the fact that the court, focused as it is on maintaining credibility, has three new justices who were   nominated by a president who lost the popular vote   and confirmed by senators representing far fewer voters than the senators opposed to the confirmations?

Representing a minority of voters


Those three justices – Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – all show up on the leaked draft opinion casting deciding votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. Doesn’t it seems kind of important, court credibility-wise, that the people making decisions on a fundamental right supported by a strong majority of Americans actually represent a strong majority of Americans?

This Court was built by power politics.   It doesn't deserve to rule on Roe v. Wade

Otherwise, it starts to seem like a small minority of people driven by certain religious views are determining what the rest of us can and can’t do, and that gets a bit … you know … theocracy-sounding.



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Demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022.

Anyhoo, I probably don’t know what I’m talking about, but just wanted to throw some stuff at the wall of the court and see what sticks.

I wish the marshal good luck finding the leaker. I know we’ll all feel a lot better once the court’s credibility is restored.

Or, as Ginni Thomas might put it, once the leaker is in Guantanamo, President Trump has been rightfully restored to office and all the 5G cellular towers have been torn down so Microsoft’s Bill Gates can no longer turn our pets into communists. Or whatever.

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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago
But we haven’t heard Roberts comment yet on the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who,   based on text messages    turned over to the    Jan. 6 committee   , thinks the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Heist of our History” and “the end of Liberty” and that the Bidens, members of the media and other “ballot fraud co-conspirators” will soon “be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”

I’m just a humble columnist, but she sounds a few flapjacks shy of breakfast, if you know what I mean. Seems any good investigation aimed at preserving the reputation of the court might want to make sure none of that zaniness found its way into Justice Thomas’ head. You know … through osmosis and whatnot.

Why Didn't Thomas Recuse Himself?

Again, I know the leak is a bad thing, but … you know … maybe so is knowing your wife might have sent a batch of unhinged text messages to the White House chief of staff and then not      recusing       yourself from the case that would allow those text messages to be revealed.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1    2 weeks ago

poor guy. first he forgets the self designated porn nickname of long dong silver he told anita hill about during his SCOTUS confirmation hearings, and to report his wife made half a million on their taxes one year for being a tea party bicycle, and then he forgets to recuse himself after hearing his semen depository talk about her insurrection activities during dinner prior to deliberating on a related SCOTUS case. should somebody that forgetful be on the bench?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago
"first he forgets the self designated porn nickname of long dong silver"

That's probably what attracted the Missus Fiona Flaps (she was in playboy along with long dong silver) in the first place.  Her big black buck tom.

 
 
 
Ender
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2  Ender    2 weeks ago

I made a comment and for some reason it didn't go through.

Anyway, to paraphrase, I find it hard to believe the two don't talk about politics at home. They seem to be aligned politically. 

Not like the Conways that ended in divorce.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @2    2 weeks ago

kellyanne is the best proof yet of the Q-nuts claim of lizard people among us...

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.1.1  Veronica  replied to  devangelical @2.1    2 weeks ago
lizard people

They live in the sewers of large cities you know...does that make them "blue"?

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Veronica @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

her idea of enticing lingerie is strapping an english riding saddle to her back...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.3  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.1    2 weeks ago

Made me think of that TV show V - that was great - maybe that's what the Qnuts were thinking of.  

She looks like one of those lizards on V.

I didn't know the Conways divorced, not that I care either way.  

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.1.4  Veronica  replied to  devangelical @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

What a picture.

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.1.5  Veronica  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.3    2 weeks ago
She looks like one of those lizards on V.

Swallowing the guinea pig....

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Tessylo
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2.1.6  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Veronica @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

Yikes!  That was such a good show for the time.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

That scene made me cringe. I liked how her throat expanded to take the whole pig

ok dev this is your chance to say something about my comment

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.8  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

meh, I was married for 26 years. nothing shocks me now.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

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Veronica
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3  Veronica    2 weeks ago
wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who,      based on text messages       turned over to the        Jan. 6 committee      , thinks the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Heist of our History” and “the end of Liberty” and that the Bidens, members of the media and other “ballot fraud co-conspirators” will soon “be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”

It's all ok - she is one of the "good guys".

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

So the Thomases will be heroes of the left.  Interesting turn. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    2 weeks ago

Heroes?  Where did you pull that from?

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    2 weeks ago

one guess, and it's the usual information resource of the right wing...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    2 weeks ago

eroes?  Where did you pull that from?

Have you been living under a rock?   I guess the love fest for the leaker  got flushed down their collective memory hole (which must take up  half the galaxy at this point).

I'm constantly amazed at how little knowledge of what happened last week is retained by some people.  They go through life like the Drew Barrymore character in 50 First Dates. Zero memory of what they said the day before. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1.3  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

Like this?

Fox News hosts and Republican lawmakers are pushing a baseless rumor that Justice Alito has gone into hiding for his safety

Katie Balevic
Tue, May 10, 2022, 10:09 AM
  • Fox News and Republican lawmakers are propagating a rumor that Justice Alito fled his home for his safety.

  • The rumor appears to have started with lecturer Ilya Shapiro, who made the baseless claims on multiple shows.

  • Shapiro later told   Politico   that he forgot whether he heard the rumor "on Twitter or somebody told me."

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1.4  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

There was no need to answer.  We know where you pulled it from.  

 
 
 
Hallux
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4.1.5  Hallux  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1.2    2 weeks ago
I guess the love fest for the leaker ...

... is equal to your feigned hate fest for the same.

 
 
 
Ender
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4.1.6  Ender  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1.2    2 weeks ago

The love fest and the hate fest for the leaker died down because the leaker in all actuality committed no crime.

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.1.7  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @4.1.5    2 weeks ago

maybe he's referring to the rumor that the leak came from one of the rwnj SCOTUS judges staff.

 
 
 
Hallux
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4.1.8  Hallux  replied to  devangelical @4.1.7    2 weeks ago

If it came from the right, I'm sure the denial squirrels are being written as we speak. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.1.9  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @4.1.8    2 weeks ago

an antifa attorney posing as a law clerk...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1.10  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @4.1.8    2 weeks ago

The denial squirrels.  LOL

 
 
 
CB
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5  CB     2 weeks ago

First, the justices should not come to work with their partisan beliefs figuratively on their sleeves. Second, all of the justices should push-back on the portrayals of "conservative" or "liberal" labeling in the media. Lastly, they should execute their opinions fairly; the scope of - judging for all the people being paramount in their minds and hearts. Finally, Justice Thomas is a stereotypical joke of a biased justice! One would think that as a justice of the SCOTUS, Clarence would lead his wife to be better instead of her leading him to be worse.

It is evidently clear that individualism in conservative circles is a lie, those people operate as much as a collective as any other group. More so, even.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

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