华盛顿邮报 first reported on the emails
Ginni Thomas emailed Bolick again on December 13 — one day before representatives were set to meet at state houses across the country and vote to certify their slates of electors. 在那封电子邮件中, Thomas claimed the 2020 election was being threatened by unprecedented fraud and urged her to choose the electors with that in mind.
Justice Clarence Thomas is already facing pressure to recuse himself in cases involving January
6 investigations or other disputes stemming from the
2020 election because of his wife’s political activity
. His critics have pointed to her connections to people who have come under scrutiny for their role in 唐纳德·特朗普
-aligned election subversion plots
As CNN previously reported, Ginni Thomas exchanged text messages with Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, encouraging him to continue the fight to reverse the election results. She also publicly criticized the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, 起义, calling for the ouster of the two Republicans serving on it from the GOP House conference.
Both episodes have caused Justice Thomas’ critics to question his participation in a case earlier this year in which the Supreme Court okayed the release of certain Trump White House documents to committee investigators. Thomas was the only justice to publicly dissent from the decision.
Justice Thomas has declined to comment on those episodes in the past, and it’s up to him to decide whether to recuse in cases before the Supreme Court.
Ginni Thomas insisted in an interview she gave to the Washington Free Beacon in March that she and her husband can keep their professional lives separate. She also denied participating in the planning of the January 6, 2021, rally that preceded the attack on the US Capitol, though she has said attended the rally itself briefly before it turned violent.