U.S. Senator Richard "Da Nang Dick" Blumenthal sent a letter to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts to urge him to "take appropriate steps to ensure that Justice Clarence Thomas recuses himself from consideration of the petition for certiorari and any future proceedings in United States v. Trump."
If not, Blumenthal said that Thomas needs to provide an explanation of his recusal decision that shows "how his participation comports with judicial ethics and federal law."
Blumenthal raised the issue with Roberts because of an appearance of a conflict of interest with respect to Justice Thomas' wife, Virginia, whom Blumenthal says, "has been deeply involved in former President Trump’s attempt to overturn the most recent presidential election, including by attending the January 6th rally..."
Justice Thomas’s “impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” wrote Blumenthal.
Blumenthal's letter didn't seem to have an impact on the Supreme Court's decision to deny the petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Trump today.
The SCOTUS did not explain the reasoning and there were no noted dissents in its denial.
The move will likely delay the trial.
Blumenthal responded to the court's decision by alleging SCOTUS was "advancing Trump's playbook" which he said "further strains its credibility."