I’m sure Clarence Thomas would rather vote for Uncle Joe Brandon than admit that the recent public attention being given to his massively corrupt associations caused this change of heart, but he decided that for once he needed to keep up appearances:
Justice Clarence Thomas, in a break from his practices in earlier cases involving the 2020 election, recused himself on Monday when the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from an architect of a plan to subvert the 2020 election.
As is its custom, the court gave no reasons for denying review in the appeal, which was filed by John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who had advised President Donald J. Trump. Justice Thomas, for whom Mr. Eastman had served as a law clerk, offered no explanation for his decision to disqualify himself from the case. The justice’s wife, Virginia Thomas, known as Ginni, had participated in efforts to overturn the election.
Mr. Eastman’s petition was viewed as a long shot. It elicited no response from any other party, and Mr. Trump did not file a brief in the case.
Justice Thomas took part in a ruling last year on an emergency application from Mr. Trump asking the court to block the release of White House records concerning the Capitol attack. The court rejected the request. Only Justice Thomas noted a dissent, giving no reasons.
John Eastman is [extreme Hyman Roth voice] small potatoes, and his claim had zero chance of getting five votes anyway, so better to create the illusion of impartiality than spend down yet more of the Court’s political capital. (I’m also guessing that the Chief may have made a little visit to the Thomas chambers.)