Wednesday, June 7, 2023

the last book I ever read (Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, excerpt nine)

from Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson:

The Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were still nervous about the nomination. They, too, were weary after the Lucas fight. But they were also concerned about rumors that Thomas’s D.C. Circuit nomination was a prelude to bigger things, especially if Thurgood Marshall should ever resign or die. Joseph Biden, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, got in touch with the White House. If Thomas was auditioning for the Supreme Court, Biden said, he could expect rough questioning. The Justice Department sent word back that there was no intention of pushing Thomas that high. If Biden gave his support now, he could rest assured that the Supreme Court was not in the picture.

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