Virginia Thomas, a conservative political activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, urged the White House to keep insisting that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, even as state vote totals showed otherwise, messages from the White House reveal. text.
Thomas, who also works as a political lobbyist, sent a total of 29 messages to the White House chief of staff at the time, Mark Meadows, urging him to hang on to Trump’s baseless claims about a rigged election, according to court documents. to the special investigation of January 6 in Congress, as reported by washington post and CBS news.
“Help this great president stand his ground, Mark!” read a November message he sent to the top Trump official, after news networks predicted a Biden win. “You are the leader, with him, who defends the constitutional government of the United States on the precipice. Most know Biden and the left is attempting the biggest heist in our history.”
In another message two days after the election, Ms Thomas, who goes by “Ginni”, appeared to be citing right-wing conspiracy theories.
“The Biden crime family and shills for voter fraud (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake media reporters, etc.) are being arrested and detained for voter fraud right now and in the days to come. , and will live on barges outside GITMO will face military tribunals for sedition,” he wrote to the White House official on November 5.
“Do not give. It takes time for the army that is gathering for his back, ”she added a day later.
the independent has contacted Ms. Thomas for comment.
Not all messages elicited responses from the chief of staff, but he occasionally responded, casting the effort to challenge the 2020 results in a religious light in a late-November exchange, records show.
“This is a fight of good versus evil,” Meadows wrote to Thomas. “Evil always seems victorious until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not tire of doing good. The fight continues. I’ve staked my career on it.”
Meadows turned over thousands of election-time conversations to the committee investigating the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, and the former chief of staff’s attorney confirmed to the post office that the communications from Ms. Thomas had taken place.
“Nothing about texting presents legal issues,” said attorney George Terdlinger III.
After submitting the texts to Congress, Meadows stopped cooperating with the committee’s requests, arguing that he could not reveal more information without violating executive privilege.
As a result, in December, the House of Representatives voted to hold Mr. Meadows in contempt of Congress, leaving the Justice Department to consider possible criminal charges.
The newly revealed texts are the latest in a growing body of scrutiny into Ms Thomas’s activism, given her personal ties to the Supreme Court.
in January, the new yorker published an exhibit highlighting how Ms. Thomas has held leadership positions or associated with conservative groups with businesses before the Supreme Court.
These groups were often involved in cases in the form of amicus curiae or “friend of the court” summaries submitted by outside groups offering their opinion on a pending case.
Justice Thomas did not recuse himself from these cases, and Ginni Thomas did not explicitly state her involvement in these groups, the New Yorker report notes.
While not technically in conflict with the court’s rules, the conduct nonetheless falls far outside the court’s conflict-of-interest rules.
After Thomas lobbied the White House on the 2020 election, her husband spoke out on a series of cases involving claims by Trump and his Republican allies questioning the results. However, Trump was never able to successfully alter election results in the Supreme Court or in trials in any state court across the country.
Ms. Thomas has defended herself against accusations of improper links to the Supreme Court and its decisions, telling the Washington Free Beacon in an interview this month, “Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work.”