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Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, emailed Trump lawyer John Eastman ahead of January 6, The Washington Post reports

Business Insider logo Business Insider 6/16/2022 cdavis@insider.com (Charles R. Davis)
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrives to watch Judge Amy Coney Barrett take the constitutional oath on the South Lawn of the White House on October 26, 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky © AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrives to watch Judge Amy Coney Barrett take the constitutional oath on the South Lawn of the White House on October 26, 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
  • Ginni Thomas corresponded with Trump lawyer John Eastman, The Washington Post reported.
  • Thomas, a right-wing activist, is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Eastman had drafted a memo detailing a plan for overturning the 2020 election.

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was corresponding with a Trump lawyer who drafted a memo detailing a plan for overturning the 2020 election, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the congressional investigation into the January 6 insurrection.

Ginni Thomas, a right-wing activist, sent emails to lawyer John Eastman, The Post reported. The correspondence shows that Thomas's "efforts to overturn the election were more extensive than previously known," according to The Post, citing two sources speaking on the condition of anonymity. A spokesman for Rep. Bennie Thompson, co-chair of the committee, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a memo previously obtained by Insider, Eastman — a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank, who spoke at The Ellipse ahead of the US Capitol riot — laid out a plan for what one legal expert described as a "coup cloaked in legal language," under which former Vice President Mike Pence would block the certification of President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Pence declined and performed his duty to certify the 2020 presidential election and Biden's win.

Thomas's previously reported efforts to overturn the election include urging 29 Republican lawmakers in Arizona to ignore Biden's popular vote victory and choose their own slate of alternate electors who would support Trump.


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She also sent an election-night text to former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. "Do not concede," she wrote. "It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back [sic]."

Democrats have argued that Thomas's efforts to overturn the election should, at a minimum, lead her husband to recuse himself from cases involving the fight over January 6 and the 2020 vote. He was the only justice to vote against requiring former President Donald Trump to hand over records to the congressional committee investigating the insurrection.

Eastman and Ginni Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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