A year after the insurrection plot to steal the 2020 presidential election played out in the halls of Congress, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was the sole “no” vote on a case deciding whether former President Donald Trump should be required to turn over documents related to the attempted coup. It seemed strange at the time, but maybe not as unexplained as once believed.
Ginni Thomas corresponded with John Eastman, sources in Jan. 6 House investigation say https://t.co/NrxPSumYqN
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 16, 2022
Before Thomas declared himself opposed to forcing Trump to release that evidence, his wife, Ginni Thomas, was actively involved in the insurrection under investigation. In fact, some of Ginni Thomas’s text messages, and now emails, have been entered as part of the record of evidence in the investigation into the January 6 attempted coup.
According to The Washington Post:
‘While Thomas has maintained that she and her husband operate in separate professional lanes, her activities as a conservative political activist have long distinguished her from other spouses of Supreme Court justices. Any new revelations about Thomas’s actions after the 2020 presidential election are likely to further intensify questions about whether Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from cases related to the election and attempts to subvert it.’
John Eastman, the Trump lawyer at the center of the plot to overturn the 2020 election and subvert the U.S. government, was shown to have emailed with Thomas’s wife about the planned insurrection. Thomas was previously found to have texted former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows about her belief that then President-elect Joe Biden would be tried for crimes (no actual crimes were mentioned) on a barge off the coast of Guantanamo Bay. Justice Thomas’s “no” vote grew more and more suspicious.
‘In January, the Supreme Court rejected a request by Trump to block the release of his White House records to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. Clarence Thomas was the only justice to dissent, siding with Trump.’
.@gtconway3d on new reporting from the Washington Post that Ginni Thomas corresponded with John Eastman:
“The closer that she gets to this, the more uncomfortable we have to be about Justice Thomas’ participation in anything relating to January 6.” pic.twitter.com/pBxHpWE79c
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) June 16, 2022
Although Eastman resisted, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ordered him to turn over the documents to the January 6 investigative congressional committee. More than 1,000 documents were submitted for review.
‘He ordered Eastman to turn over documents regarding three December 2020 meetings of a group that Eastman described as “civic minded citizens of a conservative viewpoint,” including messages from a person Carter described as the group’s “high-profile leader” inviting Eastman to speak at a meeting on Dec. 8, 2020. The meeting agenda indicates that Eastman discussed “State legislative actions that can reverse the media-called election for Joe Biden.”’