News Analysis: Chief Justice Roberts has a Clarence Thomas problem

May 06, 2023

A mobile billboard showing Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts drives outside near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. That assertion is being tested as never before by Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, whose willingness to accept gifts has turned an uncomfortable spotlight on Roberts and the high court. But equally important to Roberts has been maintaining the strict independence of the Supreme Court. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday called it "an unseemly effort by the Democratic left to destroy the legitimacy of the Roberts Court... Trump lost in the lower courts, and the Supreme Court turned down his appeal with only one dissent.