Ginni Thomas’ close ties to her husband’s lawyers highlighted in new book
Ginni Thomas’ close ties to members of the powerful circle of conservative legal elites centered around her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have raised questions about the role their overlapping professional network has played in her efforts. to undo the loss of former President Trump in the 2020 election.
In a new book released Tuesday, Ginni Thomas provided a window into her years of trying to cultivate and nurture relationships with and among her husband’s former Supreme Court clerks.
Among Clarence Thomas’ former clerks is attorney John Eastman, a key figure in the House Select Committee investigation on Jan. 6, whose communications with Ginni Thomas after the 2020 election caught the attention of investigators. of Congress who asked him last week to testify before the panel.
The book, “Created Equal,” an accompanying text to filmmaker Michael Pack’s 2020 documentary of the same name and co-edited by attorney Mark Paoletta, contains interviews with Clarence and Ginni Thomas made in 2017 and 2018, some of which parts were unpublished.
In it, Ginni Thomas discusses her efforts to build “connective tissue over the years” among former Clarence Thomas paralegals. She describes a recent summer retreat in Utah where the Thomases reunited with former clerks and their families, as well as her work to create a directory for clerks to stay in touch while raising families and climbing. legal levels.
“He used to tell them, you’re going to be future leaders, it’s coming to you, you’re going to be next,” Ginni Thomas says of her husband’s advice to his clerks. “And now they are.”
“It’s a joy for us to have hundreds of young and now middle-aged people, all former court clerks, scattered across the country who are doing amazing things, both personally and professionally – judges , teachers, lawyers and even housewives who spend their time with their children,” she adds. “It’s really exciting to see what they’re doing.”
As part of her effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Ginni Thomas contacted at least two mutual contacts of Clarence Thomas: Eastman, his former clerk, and an Arizona lawmaker married to a former law enforcement colleague. .
This correspondence reflects a years-long pattern in which Ginni Thomas’ political activity overlapped with her husband’s judicial position, raising ethical questions about his impartiality in his work.
In the post-election period, Clarence Thomas has refused to recuse himself from numerous pro-Trump legal challenges challenging the 2020 results. And earlier this year he cast the only dissenting vote in a court ruling. Supreme Court that paved the way for the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection to obtain Trump’s White House records.
Ethical questions surrounding Clarence Thomas have intensified as new details of his wife’s aggressive efforts to help overturn Trump’s election defeat have continued to emerge.
Last week it was revealed that Ginni Thomas exchanged emails with Eastman, the author of two legal memos for the Trump campaign arguing that then-Vice President Mike Pence was authorized to refuse to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The Washington Post, which reported on the existence of the email correspondence, did not provide details of their contents.
Neither Ginni Thomas nor an attorney for Eastman immediately responded to a request for comment.
Shortly after the report, the House Jan. 6 committee asked Ginni Thomas to speak with the panel. Ginni Thomas told the Daily Caller last week that she was looking forward to speaking to investigators.
“I look forward to clearing up any misconceptions,” she told the outlet, which said she didn’t elaborate on what those misconceptions might be. “I can’t wait to talk to them.”
The committee previously said it would refrain from attempting to speak with Thomas after news broke that she had also texted Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows about efforts to keep Trump down. in power.
These reports revealed that in the weeks following the 2020 election, Thomas exchanged dozens of text messages with Meadows that appeared to show him a strategy on how to circumvent the will of American voters and install Trump for a second term. in the White House despite losing to Biden, an outcome she described as “obvious fraud” and “the biggest heist in our history.”
Thomas also reportedly urged 29 Arizona lawmakers to intervene after Trump’s election defeat in the state, urging them to set aside Biden’s voter slate and come up with “a clean voter slate,” according to the Washington Post.
One of the recipients, Russell Bowers, speaker of the Arizona House, is scheduled to appear before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.
Another Arizona Republican who received a Nov. 9, 2020, email from Thomas that urged lawmakers to “fight fraud” was Shawnna Bolick, a State House member who served on the 2020 Elections Committee. Bolick’s husband, Clinton Bolick, is a former colleague of Clarence Thomas, who is godfather to one of Bolick’s sons.
According to the Post, Shawnna Bolick replied to Ginni Thomas on Nov. 10, “Hope you and Clarence are doing well!”
Bolick told the Post that she received tens of thousands of emails after the election and responded to Thomas the same way she had to other correspondents, advising them on how to file a complaint. voter fraud complaint in Arizona.