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Should Clarence Thomas recuse himself in the Colorado case?

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FILE - Associate Justice Clarence Thomas joins other members of the Supreme Court as they pose for a new group portrait, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Oct. 7, 2022. Thomas is acknowledging that he took three trips last year aboard a private plane owned by Republican megadonor Harlan Crow. It’s the first time in years that Thomas has reported receiving hospitality from Crow. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

With the Colorado decision disqualifying former President Donald Trump from running for high office because he allegedly engaged in insurrection likely headed to the Supreme Court, a potential conflict of interest is bubbling. The Colorado Supreme Court ruling said that Trump incited an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol and that, therefore, the former president cannot be on the ballot in that state. 

Could Clarence Thomas — whose wife, Ginni, exchanged texts with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 6 encouraging him to stand firm with Trump as he claimed the election was stolen — preside over the case or should he recuse himself? Northeastern law experts say Thomas should recuse himself but probably won’t.  

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