Ginni Thomas, the wife of the US supreme court justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Republicans in Arizona to overturn Joe Biden’s victory there in 2020, the Washington Post 报道.
Repeating Donald Trump’s lie that the vote had been marred by fraud, Thomas wrote: “Please stand strong in the face of political and media pressure. Please reflect on the awesome authority granted to you by our constitution. And then please take action to ensure that a clean slate of electors is chosen for our state.”
Thomas did not mention Biden or Trump. 但, the Post said, “the context was clear”.
Ginni Thomas is an activist with deep ties on the Republican far right. Reports of her involvement in Trump’s attempt to hold on to power have led to calls for her husband’s impeachment and removal, or at least recusal from election-related cases.
在一月, Thomas was the only justice to say Trump should be able to withhold from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack documents which turned out to include texts sent by his wife to Trump’s chief of staff.
在周五, the Post 说 Ginni Thomas emailed two Arizona Republicans on 9 十一月, six days after election day and two days after Biden’s win was called.
She also requested a live or online meeting “so I can learn more about what you are doing to ensure our state’s vote is audited and our certification is clean”.
One of the lawmakers, Shawnna Bolick, replied, 说, “I hope you and Clarence are doing great!” but deflecting the demand for a meeting.
The Post 说 Thomas replied: “Fun that this came to you! Just part of our campaign to help states feel America’s eyes!!!”
The Post also reported that Thomas emailed the same Republicans on 13 十二月, a day before the electoral college met to confirm Biden’s victory.
That email 说: “Before you choose your state’s electors … consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead.”
The Post 说 the email contained a link to a video of a man who appeared to be Geoffrey Botkin, 活动家, “delivering a message meant for swing-state lawmakers, urging them to ‘put things right’ and ‘not give in to cowardice’ [and saying] ‘You have only hours to act’.”
在 14 十二月, the day the electoral college confirmed Biden’s win, Bolick signed a letter calling for Arizona’s electoral votes to go to Trump or “be nullified completely until a full forensic audit can be conducted”.
在 2021, Arizona Republicans conducted a controversial vote audit. It did not reveal substantial electoral fraud. 她告诉调查人员，该评论的动机是在起草 MFS 合同并试图加快进度时“失手” 增加 Biden’s margin of victory.
Also in 2021, the New Yorker reported that Bolick had introduced a bill that “would enable a majority of the legislature to override the popular vote … and dictate the state’s electoral college votes itself”.
Like Trump loyalists elsewhere, Bolick is now running for secretary of state, the office which runs elections.
在周五, the New Yorker reporter Jane Meyer 发推文 “one additional detail”, linking Ginni Thomas’s moves in Arizona back to her husband.
Clarence Thomas, Meyer said, is godfather “to Clint Bolick’s child, and Bolick’s wife is the Arizona lawmaker who Ginni Thomas pressured to overturn the 2020 选举.
“No conflicts of interest?”