On Sunday, February 11, 2024, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by columnist Jennifer Rubin concerning ethics issues with two judges involved in legal matters related to former President Donald Trump.

In her piece, Rubin discusses her views on Justice Clarence Thomas participating in oral arguments regarding Donald Trump’s appeal of a Colorado Supreme Court decision to disqualify him from appearing on the ballot. She argues Thomas should have recused himself due to the activities of his wife Ginni Thomas in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Ginni Thomas communicated with Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and advocated for fake electors in key states. Rubin asserts Thomas should not have been involved in a case dealing with the events of January 6th either, due to his wife’s role.

Rubin also criticizes U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon for her handling of various cases related to the investigation into Trump’s improper removal of classified documents from the White House. Rubin notes legal experts previously called on Cannon to recuse herself from the special master process due to her perceived partiality towards Trump, which was demonstrated by her controversial ruling appointing a special master that was overturned. According to Rubin, Cannon’s latest decision to unseal classified documents in the case ignored warnings about risks to national security and government witnesses.

In the piece, Rubin quotes other legal experts and politicians who have expressed concerns about the conduct of Thomas and Cannon. She relays arguments that special counsel Jack Smith should take additional steps like seeking appeals or motions to recuse with both judges. Overall, Rubin’s opinion is that these situations threaten the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system. She closes by stating that allowing such “ethically challenged hacks” to dominate proceedings could undermine the rule of law and sabotage security, if Trump were to regain the presidency.

 

 

Source: The Washington Post