Revelations that Virginia Thomas exchanged at least 29 (known) text messages with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging disruption of the November 2020 election results favoring President Joe Biden, have created a conflict-of-interest scandal surrounding the Supreme Court, where her husband Clarence Thomas is an associate justice. Justice Thomas’ participation in multiple cases related to the outcome of the election, including his lone vote to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from accessing White House records relevant to its investigation of the riot at the Capitol, has led to calls for ethics reforms at the court — as well as his resignation. Given the unlikelihood of an admission of impropriety from Thomas, there is a more extreme avenue available to lawmakers who would seek to hold him accountable for compromising the neutrality and legitimacy of the court: impeachment.

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