Over the past few weeks, revelations of Ginni Thomas’ involvement and perpetuation of the “Big Lie” have shown the apparent and urgent need for a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices.
Ginni Thomas is the wife of conservative judge Clarence Thomas. Recently, news stories have been published detailing her attendance at the January 6th insurrection, multiple texts to Mark Meadows (Trump’s Chief of Staff) on the day of and subsequent days after the 2020 election, and involvement in “Stop the Steal” rallies around the country.
Before going into further detail, this is a quintessential example of a conflict of interest. The wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice, arguably the closest connection that is possible, was actively trying to undermine democracy and claim election fraud. Meanwhile, her husband was sitting on the bench of the court that would directly rule over such cases if they were to arise.
A while back, Ginni was known to be a big fundraiser for conservative groups and campaigns. Despite this, she went as far to say that politics, specifically right-wing culture and news, was something that she and her husband never talked about.
I totally believe her on that.
She’s a huge figure in the conservative fundraising world and her husband is one of the most stalwart conservatives the court has ever seen. He actively influences laws, programs, and institutions in a conservative direction. Federal Society members fan-boy over him.
How could they EVER talk about politics together? It’s not like it plays an important and central role in their lives.
On January 19th, 2022 (before the news of Ginni Thomas' involvement in this had been discovered), the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision to allow the special House committee investigating January 6th to obtain over 700 records from the National Archives from that fateful date.
The request had been made in August 2021, and Trump had appealed the decision all the way to the Supreme Court until the decision came down in late January of this year.
Now, remember it was an 8-1 ruling.
Who would rule against that? It seems pretty consequential to the investigation, right? And, if the justices of the court are supposed to be apolitical, then for the sake of the “rule of law” it would be a no-brainer to allow the House committee access to these documents, right?
I mean, what could possibly be the reason a Supreme Court justice would not want these records released from the archives?
Now, I know you are probably thinking it is too good to be true. But for once, your suspicions are probably right.
The singular dissenting vote came from none other than our man, Clarence Thomas.
At the time, this ruling didn’t really receive much attention because the House committee overwhelmingly convinced the court of their arguments, as 8-1 votes are quite uncommon. They could continue on with their investigation and people would be much more interested in the contents of the documents rather than the reasons Clarence Thomas dissented.
Also, to be fair, Thomas’ rulings are so insufferable to read as his traditionalist interpretation of the law is so archaic and deluded that I don’t blame anyone for not reading his justifications for his dissent. I digress.
Moving on from this, Ginni Thomas has not just peddled minor or rare claims about election fraud. She has attended rallies that actively promote Q-Anon level conspiracy theories.
In her texts to Mark Meadows, Trump’s Chief of Staff at the time of the election, she sent 29 messages in the days following the 2020 election urging Meadows to “stand firm” with “This Great President.”
I see where she gets her random capitalization from.
She also accused “the Left” of “attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
Again, I am loving the capitalization here.
Seriously though, Ginni Thomas promoted some of the most outlandish, high-strung conspiracies we saw in the aftermath of the election. In another one of her texts to Meadows on November 5th (2 days after the election), she said “Biden crime family & ballot co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested and detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges of GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”
I mean, we did not hear anything remotely close to this from congressional leaders that were leading the election fraud conspiracy such as Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rand Paul, etc.
This is Q-Anon level stuff. And to think that she is married to a Supreme Court justice who has presided over legal cases directly related to the election and the January 6th insurrection is absurd. And it is even more absurd to think that he did not recuse himself or even mention what his wife was doing.
It is one thing to admit that your significant other is involved in this type of election misinformation and recuse yourself from related cases. It is a completely different story when you hide this from the public and try to convince people that you do not discuss politics with your significant other. I mean, come on now.
Earlier in March, in an interview with conservative publication The Washington Free Beacon, Ginni Thomas said she had attended the January 6th insurrection. She denounced the violence, and said that she left before it had started. However, she continued to validate the reasons people were there on that day.
In the same interview, she touted that she signed onto a letter denouncing an investigation into the events of January 6th and pushing for the expulsion of Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney from their committee roles for publicly agreeing for the need of such an investigation.
Lastly, Ginni Thomas currently sits on a nine-member board of CNP Action, a conservative group that actively helped advance the “Stop the Steal” movement. Their members were instructed to pressure Republican lawmakers to support Trump, challenge the results, and push for alternate electors in close states. They also published a newsletter of five states to target because time was running out to “declare the election results null and void.”
How a Supreme Court justice can have a significant other be so intricately involved in such anti-democratic groups and still not be held accountable is mind-blowing. The ethical, legal, and moral implications of Ginni Thomas’ actions call for nothing less than a resignation of Clarence Thomas.
Yet, we will see nothing happen. We live in the United States. Corruption and a lack of accountability for those in power is a fabric of this society.