In an appearance on MSNBC, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Ginni Thomas — the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — faces “criminal liability” in connection to her role in pushes to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome.
Asked what he’d want to learn from Ginni if he was on the January 6 committee in the House, Aronberg first questioned she’d actually show up for testimony without a subpoena. The committee reached out for voluntary testimony from Ginni, and she indicated she’d comply with the request to appear — but that didn’t seem to have happened yet as of this weekend. Aronberg added:
‘[Thomas] has a lot of criminal liability. I want to know about her conversations with Arizona leaders, I want to know about her conversations with her husband. I mean it’s astonishing that you have a Supreme Court Justice ruling on matters that his own wife is involved in. That’s because the Supreme Court, they make their own rules and they interpret their own rules.’
Asked to clarify his “criminal liability” comments, Aronberg added:
‘She could be charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, you don’t have to be there at the Capitol that day. She can be charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States government, and so these are potential charges and you’ve got to believe her lawyers are telling her this. And also, if she shows up and lies before the committee, she can be charged with perjury. So that’s why I don’t know if she’ll actually show up. Let’s see.’
Lying in the course of an official investigation has previously meant federal criminal charges for other Trump allies (Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos), so circumstances have already proven that to be a possibility. And although more details would obviously need gathered about exactly what Ginni Thomas did following the 2020 presidential election before criminal charges like conspiracy to defraud the United States government, a federal judge already ruled Trump himself was likely guilty of what would apparently be that same offense in connection to his attempts to overthrow the presidential election outcome. Watch Aronberg’s comments below:
Recently, it was revealed Ginni had even been in touch with John Eastman, the now former Trump lawyer who formulated and helped push plans by which then-VP Mike Pence could supposedly block the certification in Congress of Biden’s win. Eastman admitted before January 6 that the Pence-dependent plot was in violation of federal law, and he acknowledged the lack of real-world evidence the plan would somehow be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. But these facts don’t seem to have fazed him. And now, Trump, of course, still remains committed to the whole thing. In recent public comments, the former president criticized his ex-VP for refusing to go along with attempts to stop Biden’s electoral votes in Congress.
“[Trump’s] essentially saying, yeah I did it and I’ll do it again, which is what we have been contending all along that if you allow impunity for attempts at unconstitutional seizures of power, which is what a coup is, then you’re inviting it again in the future,” January 6 committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said over the weekend.
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