Quick Facts: Ginni Thomas’s Email Insurrection Attempt

by | May 20, 2022 | Quick Facts

Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, Trevor Loudon, Clare Lopez, Sheriff David Clarke and Ginni Thomas speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons

Quick Facts: Ginni Thomas’s Email Insurrection Attempt

by | May 20, 2022 | Quick Facts

Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, Trevor Loudon, Clare Lopez, Sheriff David Clarke and Ginni Thomas speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons
Emails Ginni Thomas sent on Nov. 9, 2020 — six days after the election — to a pair of Arizona lawmakers, pressed them to work on Trump’s behalf and “fight back against fraud.”

Multiple news outlets are carrying yet another story about Ginni Thomas and her behind-the-scenes work to overturn the 2020 election and return the office of president to Trump.

From the Washington Post:

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona lawmakers after the 2020 election to set aside Joe Biden’s popular-vote victory and choose “a clean slate of Electors,” according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails, sent by Ginni Thomas to a pair of lawmakers on Nov. 9, 2020, argued that legislators needed to intervene because the vote had been marred by fraud. Though she did not mention either candidate by name, the context was clear.

Just days after media organizations called the race for Biden in Arizona and nationwide, Thomas urged the lawmakers to “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure.” She told the lawmakers the responsibility to choose electors was “yours and yours alone” and said they have “power to fight back against fraud.”

From The Hill:

The newly revealed communications came in emails Ginni Thomas sent on Nov. 9, 2020 — six days after the election — to a pair of lawmakers, pressing them to work on Trump’s behalf and “fight back against fraud,” according to the Post.

The explosive revelation adds a new layer of detail to previous reporting on Thomas’s efforts in the weeks after the 2020 election. The Post previously reported that she strategized with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows over how to bypass the will of American voters to install Trump for a second White House term despite his loss to Biden, an outcome she described as an “obvious fraud” and “the greatest heist of our history.”

The correspondence is likely to reignite ethical questions over Clarence Thomas, who has participated in at least nine rulings related to the 2020 election and who in three decades on the bench has never recused himself due to a real or perceived conflict of interest resulting from his wife’s political activities.

More reporting from The Guardian:

Ginni Thomas is an activist with deep ties on the Republican far right. Reports of her involvement in Trump’s attempt to hold on to power have led to calls for her husband’s impeachment and removal, or at least recusal from election-related cases.

In January, Thomas was the only justice to say Trump should be able to withhold from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack documents which turned out to include texts sent by his wife to Trump’s chief of staff.

On Friday, the Post said Ginni Thomas emailed two Arizona Republicans on 9 November, six days after election day and two days after Biden’s win was called.

She also requested a live or online meeting “so I can learn more about what you are doing to ensure our state’s vote is audited and our certification is clean.”

The fact that Thomas’s husband is an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court apparently opened doors for her activities. But this new round of revelations increases the glaring questions of impropriety on his part.

Conflict of interest? Anyone?

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