I never had particularly high hopes for the January 6th committee. Sure, I like most people who care about the rule of law, were horrified by the coup attempt, but you know, I don’t expect most MAGA-types to be persuaded by actual facts.
Even before yesterday’s revelation we knew a lot about the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas’s involvement in the 2020 election blowback. Ginni has long been a political operative in her own right, and no stranger to controversy. But things really ramped up after Donald Trump lost the election. There were the… questionable text messages with Mark Meadows, Trump’s Chief of Staff. And her campaign targeting state republicans asking them to just pick their own slate of electors sympathetic to Trump, regardless of the actual election results.
But it was her correspondence with John Eastman — affectionately known around these parts as the Coups 4 Dummies lawyer given his penchant for wacky (and dangerous) plans to seize power post-election — that finally made the committee wanna have a little chat with Mrs. Thomas.
But now a lot of people are wondering exactly what the committee will ask Ginni.
1. Did you discuss the results of the 2020 election and/or the efforts to produce new slates of electors in several states with your husband?
2. Did you discuss the results of the 2020 election and/or the efforts to produce new slates of electors with any members of Congress, any congressional staff or anyone in the Justice Department? If so, who?
3. Besides Arizona, did you communicate or try to communicate with lawmakers in any other states regarding election results or slates of electors? If so, who?
4. Did you speak with any other Supreme Court justices, Supreme Court staff, or current or past clerks about the results of the 2020 election? If so, who, and about what specifically? If we subpoenaed your phone, would that back up what you told us?
5. Did you offer any advice to Trump administration or Trump campaign attorneys on certain arguments to make in petitions concerning the 2020 election?
Also of interest, is the supposed insight into the Supreme Court that was being peddled in right wing circles around then. Where was that coming from? GREAT QUESTION to ask of the spouse of someone on the Court that has her fingerprints all over the post-election fiasco.
6. A Trump-affiliated lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, wrote to John Eastman: “I don’t have the personal insight that John has into the four justices likely to be most upset about what is happening in the various states, who might want to intervene, so I should make it clear that I don’t discount John’s estimate.” Did you offer Eastman that “personal insight” by speaking with other justices and their spouses or through any other means?
7. Who is or was paying you or Liberty Consulting to lobby Mark Meadows, Arizona lawmakers and others to overturn the results of the 2020 election?
8. Besides Liberty Consulting, from what other sources did you earn income in 2020 and 2021?
9. Do you believe it is ethical for a Supreme Court justice to participate in a case or petition when the justice’s spouse clearly has an “interest” (cf., 28 USC §455(b)(4) and (5)) in its outcome?
10. Can you elaborate on what you meant when you wrote to Mark Meadows, “We are living through what feels like the end of America”?
But there are even more avenues to explore. Especially since, in the wake of revelations of the communications between Eastman and Ginni, Eastman took to his substack — seriously, a substack — to spout off on the recent reports. And well, Eastman’s explanation only gives us MORE questions.
Of course, there’s one question LOTS of folks would love to ask Ginni Thomas under oath…
Despite being wildly outside of the purview of the January 6th committee, Ginni’s connection with the other Court scandal — the dismantling of abortion rights and the leaked draft Dobbs opinion — is absolutely something many people would love to hear about.
The good news, for those of us VERY curious about Ginni’s role in this entire coup mess, is that — at least for now — she’s posturing as if she’ll comply. Telling the Daily Caller, “I can’t wait to clear up misconceptions. I look forward to talking to them.”
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, host of The Jabot podcast, and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).