Ginni Thomas pressed for GOP lawmakers to protest 2020 election results
Virginia Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative activist, wrote an email to her aide stating that she wouldn’t be able to work with him until his members “out on the streets”. A congressional source who was familiar with this exchange said to NBC News.
Thomas told an aide to incoming Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind., that she was more aligned with the far-right House Freedom Caucus, whose leaders just two months later would lead the fight in Congress to overturn the results of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Although the RSC represented the conservative House members for a long time, it was replaced in recent years by the Freedom Caucus, which is driven by tea parties.
Thomas told the aide, “Freedom Caucus” members were more tough than RSC members. They were also in fights and had Trump’s back. According to an anonymous source, the email contents contained this message. She refused to help the RSC until she saw RSC members on the streets and engaged in fights, even though she was aware of them.
The RSC asked her to send her November 2020 email to make policy recommendations, as Banks was to assume the role of group leader in the early 2021. Thomas, however, portrayed RSC members as being soft-hearted and advised them to march. The aide thanked Thomas for her suggestion and continued.
For this article, Banks refused to comment. Thomas didn’t respond to our request for comment.
NBC News did not review the emails, however sources claimed that it didn’t make any specific reference to GOP attempts to defeat the election or stop the certification of the Electoral College votes in Congress Jan. 6, 2021.
The Jan. 6 panel members debate whether Thomas should speak or issue a subpoena to her records. reporting by CBS News. The committee was reluctant until now to investigate the wife of an active Supreme Court justice.
A committee member stated to NBC News, “We have a checklist of people we are looking at who funded or organized” Jan. 6, rally. My understanding is that she’s on the longer list. We haven’t decided if that information is enough to make her a target for the committee.
This email suggests that Thomas was urging Republicans to fight for Trump in Congress at a critical moment in which the lame duck president and his close friends were devising strategies to reverse the 2020 election results and maintain Trump’s power.
This Thursday The Washington Post and CBS News reported that Thomas had repeatedly pressed Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to aggressively pursue an effort to overturn the presidential election. They exchanged close to 30 texts messages.
Three days after the networks projected Biden as the winner on November 10, Thomas sent Meadows a text expressing her disgust at the congressional Republicans. She said she would like to see more Republicans join Trump’s ranks and go “out in the street” with the grassroots supporters of Trump, which was what the news media reported.
Thomas wrote Meadows: “House & Senate guys are pathetic also… only 4 GOP House representatives seen out in street rallies… Gohmert Jordan Gosar… and Roy.” He apparently meant a quartet Freedom Caucus members: Reps. Louie Gohmert R-Texas; Jim Jordan R-Ohio, Paul Gosar R-Ariz., and Chip Roy R-Texas.
CBS and The Post also reported that Thomas had sent Meadows material via text message on Nov. 14, from Connie Hair (Gohmert’s chief staff officer). Hair stated in the text that “the most important thing that you can understand right now is that there’s no rule to war.”
“This war has a psychological component. PSYOP,” Thomas texted.
Gohmert was found just days later. appeared at a “Million MAGA March” near the White House and told Trump supporters, “This was a cheated election, and we can’t let it stand.” He spoke of “revolution.”
It is not clear how many GOP offices Thomas called, texted, or email during the election period.
Thomas stated that she went to the Jan. 6, “Stop the Steal,” rally located near the White House. This was the event preceding the deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol. There are significant ethical issues about Thomas’ involvement in pushing and advising legislative leaders on their efforts to change the presidency election. This raises questions as to whether Thomas is in conflict with her husband Justice Clarence Thomas. He may be required to resolve additional cases in connection to the House special investigation into Jan. 6.
It was January Supreme Court rejected Trump’s argument that executive privilege prevented the Jan. 6 panel from accessing a trove of records from the Trump White House. Thomas was only justice to suggest that Trump should be granted his motion to prevent the National Archives handing the material over.
“Justice Thomas was a Supreme Court justice who would allow Trump records, Meadows and et al. to be withheld form the House Jan 6-Committee,” Sen. Tim Kaine D-Va. tweeted Friday. Friday. “We need to know the truth.”
“Justice Thomas must at the very minimum withdraw from any case that is related to this January 6th investigation,” Senator Ron Wyden, D.Ore. said. “And should Donald Trump run again any case related the 2024 elections.”
A recent interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Ginni Thomas said she and her husband “share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America” but have “our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too.”
“Clarence isn’t open to discussing his work with me and I don’t allow him into my work,” she stated.
Banks, in his second and final season as RSC chairman and is still under attack Jan. 6, objected to certification of Electoral College voters from Arizona and Pennsylvania. He argued that local officials and governors had changed election rules due to pandemic. Biden was his president. He did not agree with Trump’s claims that there were widespread voter fraud allegations in the election.
Despite this, Banks was still in the news last year, after Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), blocked Banks and Jordan’s participation on Jan. 6. committee. The speaker rejected Banks over a statement he made that the special panel should be used to probe violent riots that occurred across the country in 2020.
Pelosi was forced to name two GOP critics for Trump by Reps. Liz Cheney, R.Wyo. and Adam Kinzinger.