It has been claimed that Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Ann Thomas, has pushed President Donald Trump’s senior assistant to try to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Towards the end of the Trump presidency, CBS and The Washington Post allege that Ginni Thomas had a multi-week text conversation with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Meadows provided the text exchanges to the House committee looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. At a later time, he stopped helping the investigation team.
These conversations raise the possibility that Ginni Thomas communicated with White House staff or members of Trump’s legal team.
“President Trump was already eyeing a future hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court,” Robert Costa, CBS News’ chief election and campaign correspondent, told NPR. Thomas contacted Meadows a few days after the election.
Between November 2020 and January 2021, “that was the beginning of a 29 text-message exchange,” Costa said. Reports have not been validated by NPR’s own investigations.
How did Ginni’s Text Messages Come to Light?
A House Committee looking into the January 6, 2021 siege on Capitol Hill was the first to receive the text messages.
Meadows gave the committee looking into the riot a total of over 2,300 messages, of which these 29 are a part.
Trump, as president at the time, was working tirelessly to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
On January 6, just as Congress was meeting to confirm Biden’s presidential win, an armed and irate crowd of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill and battled with the authorities.
Who is Justice Clarence Thomas?
In the current nine-member bench of the US Supreme Court, Justice Thomas is the only Black male justice and is widely recognised for his conservative views.
Following her formal approval, Ketanji Brown Jackson will become the third Black justice in the country’s court and the first Black female justice.
Justice Thomas, nominated by Republican president George Bush in 1991, has served on the US Supreme Court bench longer than any other judge.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had emailed two Arizona lawmakers.
Asking them to appoint an alternate slate of electors favouring then-President Donald Trump, in an effort to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state in the 2020 presidential election.
This comes two months after text messages revealed Thomas had also pressed ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.