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Justice Thomas’ Wife Says Call to Anita Hill Was ‘Probably a Mistake’

The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas says her phone call to Anita Hill was “probably a mistake on my part.”

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Virginia Thomas said her call to Hill was not the reason she resigned as leader of the conservative “citizen activists” group Liberty Central. Thomas resigned on Thursday, Dec. 2, but said stepping down was part of an idea discussed earlier this year with Gary Aldrich, who will take over Thomas’ leadership role. Virginia Thomas will serve as a consultant to the now-allied Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty and Liberty Central.

In the Oct. 9 phone call, Virginia Thomas left a voice mail for Hill, who had accused her husband of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing in 1991. “I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband,” Thomas said.

Virginia Thomas also denied that conflict-of-interest concerns spurred her to leave Liberty Central. “I didn’t lose my constitutional rights when I married a judge,” she told the Daily Caller. But if the resignation “has the extra benefit of helping reduce distractions, that’s fine with me.”

Hat tip to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

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