Ginni Thomas: We Don’t Talk About Cases

December 30, 2022

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Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection that she and her husband have an “ironclad” rule against talking about pending Court cases at home.

According to transcripts released by the Committee on Friday, Mrs. Thomas testified to the Committee that she has been active in public and policy work since her 20s, “long before” she met her husband in 1986. 

She gave the Committee her “guarantee” that Justice Thomas has never spoken to her about cases that are pending before the Court. 

Further, Mrs. Thomas said, “I regret all of these texts” that she issued following the 2020 Presidential election warning that Democrats were trying to steal the election. She claimed that she was “clearly emotional” when she traded messages with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Among Mrs. Thomas’ texts to Meadows was, “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

Also within the transcript, the Committee asks Mrs. Thomas about a November 24, 2020 text conversation she had with Meadows. Within the text she refers to a conversation with her “best friend just now.” When asked by the Committee to whom she’s referring she says, “It looks like it was my husband.

When asked to elaborate on what they discussed, she replies, “I wish could remember, but I have no memory of the specifics. My husband often administers spousal support to the wife that’s upset.” 

Mrs. Thomas’ September testimony to the Committee followed actions by Justice Thomas, who had not earlier recused himself when former President Trump asked the Court to block the January 6 Committee from gaining access to his White House records. When the Court declined to block release of the documents, Thomas was the only Justice who dissented, siding with Trump.

Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on alleged ethics breaches within the Supreme Court, during which activists and experts argued for the need for the Court to adopt a code of ethics—much like virtually every other court in the country—that would include rules for when Justices would have to recuse themselves from cases.

According to the transcripts, Mrs. Thomas told the January 6 Committee, “Regarding the 2020 election, I did not speak to [Justice Thomas] at all about the details of my volunteer campaign activities, and I did not speak to him at all about the details of my post-election activities which were minimal in any event.” 

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