Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas faces escalating calls to recuse himself from upcoming cases centered on former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The requests gained new urgency in recent days as consequential cases related to Trump speed toward the high court. Critics - including Democrats in the House and Senate - say Thomas' wife's publicly documented efforts to challenge the 2020 election results should disqualify him from making decisions on pivotal issues related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Thomas, who was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, has garnered a reputation for refusing to back down to his critics. But legal experts said it will be more difficult for Thomas to ignore the requests to abstain from participation in the Trump cases this time - particularly considering provisions of the Supreme Court's new code of ethics.