The Jan. 6 Committee Calls Ginni Thomas


Ginni Thomas, spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.


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Democrats on the House Jan. 6 committee are nonetheless hoping to find a path of bread crumbs resulting in the Supreme Court, and particularly Justice

Clarence Thomas,

however they might be supremely disenchanted. This week the committee leaked that it obtained correspondence between the Justice’s spouse,

Ginni Thomas,


John Eastman,

the lawyer who suggested President Trump after the 2020 election.

The horror, the horror. Then Mr. Eastman put out an announcement. “I can categorically confirm that at no time did I discuss with Mrs. Thomas or Justice Thomas any matters pending or likely to come before the Court,” he stated. “As for the email communications I had with Mrs. Thomas? As you can see for yourselves, she invited me to give an update about election litigation to a group she met with periodically.”

Mr. Eastman hooked up a replica of a Dec. 4 e-mail from Mrs. Thomas, which is pleasant however innocuous. She inquires if he can “present a status update to a group of grassroots state leaders.” She additionally asks to substantiate his handle for a forthcoming Christmas card. “Those from the January 6 committee who leaked a false impression about that email should be ashamed of themselves,” Mr. Eastman concluded.

If that’s all of the Jan. 6 committee has, the leak seems to be like one other politically motivated try to tarnish Justice Thomas and the High Court. In March the committee leaked 29 textual content messages between Mrs. Thomas and White House Chief of Staff

Mark Meadows.

Credulous reporters offered it as proof of Mrs. Thomas pulling strings in secret. But half of Washington apparently had Mr. Meadows’s telephone quantity, and Mrs. Thomas’s messages learn extra like web feedback: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!”

Ditto for the information that Mrs. Thomas emailed Arizona state lawmakers, asking them to put aside President Biden’s victory. That was the Washington Post’s headline hype, however learn the small print: “Thomas sent the messages using FreeRoots, an online platform intended to make it easy to send pre-written emails to multiple elected officials.” OK, so what she really did was signal a web based kind letter?

This exercise isn’t flattering to Mrs. Thomas, who appears to have entertained the wilder fraud claims after the 2020 voting. She attended President Trump’s Jan. 6 rally however has stated that she left early. Whether that was prudent or not, Mrs. Thomas is a conservative activist in her personal proper, and he or she is free to make political arguments in a private capability. The e-mail to the Arizonans identifies her as Ginni Thomas, not a Supreme Court partner.

The Jan. 6 committee has now requested Mrs. Thomas to testify. “I can’t wait to clear up misconceptions,” she advised the Daily Caller. “I look forward to talking to them.” Good. But this requires a change within the committee’s typical follow. Given all of the innuendo swirling about Justice Thomas, the Jan. 6 investigators ought to do it transparently and ensure the general public sees each query and reply in full.

Potomac Watch: Americans want a critical accounting of what occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. Democrats assured they received’t get one. Image: Jabin Botsford/Bloomberg News

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Appeared within the June 18, 2022, print version.