1803 Justice Chase impeachment shows Dems may be able to pressure Thomas with political threats: Expert
The Chase impeachment happened in the wake of the 1800 presidential election when Jeffersonian Republicans swept into power in the presidency and in Congress. This left the judiciary as the last bastion of Federalist power in the government, which became a political target for Jeffersonian Republicans.
“The Chase impeachment does reflect a kind of political push by the Jeffersonian Republicans, by his allies in Congress against the kind of Federalist bastion of power in the Supreme Court,” R Street Institute resident senior fellow for governance James Wallner told Fox News Digital.
A majority of senators voted to convict Chase in his Senate trial the next year. But the body did not reach the two-thirds threshold to convict, owing at least in part to decisions by some senators that a justice shouldn’t be impeached over politics, according to the CRS.
But Wallner said in his reading of the Constitution, there’s nothing that says this Congress can’t impeach someone for politics – and that Democrats could impeach Thomas for alleged political reasons if they want.