According to a new report from The Washington Post, the House committee investigating the Capitol riot is going to pursue an interview with Ginni Thomas after text conversations were revealed that she is reported to have had with Mark Meadows when the latter served as Trump’s White House chief of staff. Thomas is the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and she and Meadows discussed efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory — raising serious conflict of interest issues involving Clarence Thomas and broadening the range of who may have been involved in some meaningful form in efforts to overturn the election outcome. Now, “most members of the House select committee investigating January 6 — including chair Bennie Thompson and vice chair Liz Cheney — believe the panel should interview” Thomas, according to CNN’s reporting.
Fox News/Business mentions so far this morning
Virginia Thomas: 0
Will Smith: 33
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 28, 2022
As explained by CNN, text conversations that have been revealed between Ginni Thomas and Mark Meadows apparently don’t explicitly mention Clarence, but at one point, Ginni did refer to her so-called “best friend” — phrasing that she and Clarence are apparently known to use for each other. In a November 24, 2020 message, Meadows said: “This is a fight of good versus evil. Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it.” To that, Ginni replied: “Thank you!! Needed that! This plus a conversation with my best friend just now… I will try to keep holding on. America is worth it!” Was Clarence in the loop? Eventually, he became the sole dissenting Justice in a case involving whether the riot investigation committee could access certain records from Trump’s administration. The texts, it’s worth noting, weren’t among these records — rather, they were apparently found in materials that Meadows gave the committee before he stopped cooperating.
When it comes to Ginni Thomas, I am a textualist
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 25, 2022
Ginni’s text messages to Meadows were at times remarkably pointed. At one juncture, she said: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.” Ginni Thomas has also admitted to attending the outdoor rally in D.C. that immediately preceded last year’s attack on the Capitol. A source for CNN said “that while the committee understands the public interest in Thomas following the revelation of her text messages with Meadows, there are many other relevant witnesses,” as the outlet summarized their remarks — although the report from The Washington Post gave a more firm depiction of the panel’s stance. “The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will seek an interview with Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according a source familiar with the investigation,” according to Post reporting.
Ginni Thomas' texts with Mark Meadows represent an egregious conflict of interest. This is a rare case where resignation, or even impeachment, should be on the table. At the very least, Justice Thomas must recuse himself from every case regarding the January 6th investigation.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 25, 2022
On CBS this past weekend, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — another member of the riot committee — declined to confirm or deny the existence of the texts, but as he explained it, investigators “have thousands of text messages from lots of people. We have a lot of documents. And we are going to, in a methodical, fact-driven way, get to the answers here. We’ll call in whoever we need to call in.” That would apparently include Ginni.
— Jamie Gangel (@jamiegangel) March 28, 2022