In 2010, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a memo from long-time ally David Brock proposing a seemingly bizarre move: impeaching Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
On Monday, the State Department released the latest trove of emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state.
Among them was a memo from Brock – a high-level figure in a number of pro-Clinton groups such as Correct the Record and Media Matters – suggesting that Thomas could be impeached for allegedly lying to Congress and suppressing information during his confirmation hearing.
The memo was forwarded by Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who wrote along with the email that he had “many more ideas on this.”
Thomas’ hearings are widely remembered for former employee Anita Hill’s allegations that Thomas had sexually harassed her.
Brock’s memo compiled stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other sources detailing then new information from Lillian McEwen, a woman allegedly involved with Thomas during the time that he worked with Hill.
McEwen’s claims in the articles appeared to corroborate some of the information that Hill revealed during her testimony about Thomas’ sexual fetishes and his penchant for talking about pornography at work, Brock argued.
Quoting The Times, Brock highlighted the sections that he thought incriminated Thomas:
“Ms. McEwen said that pornography for justice Thomas was ‘just a part of his personality structure.’ She said he kept a stack of pornographic magazines, ‘frequented a store on Dupont Circle that catered to his needs’ and allowed his interest in pornography to bleed into his professional relationships.”
The memo also detailed previous inconsistencies in Thomas’ testimony, partially using a book cowritten by former Times editor-in-chief Jill Abramson.
Brock’s connection to the hearings is controversial in itself. As a then conservative columnist, Brock admitted in 2001 that he’d lied to protect Thomas’ reputation in an article and a book that he wrote attacking Hill.
The emails released on Monday further showed Clinton’s connections with Blumenthal, a former adviser who continued to send Clinton political-themed articles and memos during her time as secretary of state.
Brock did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.