Ginni Thomas admits she attended the January 6 rally but had no role in its planning

The rare interview with the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon comes as progressives and some legal ethics experts see a potential conflict with Thomas’ activism and her husband’s work on the Supreme Court.

They specifically point to a recent January order when the court — following Clarence Thomas’ dissent — cleared the way for the release of Trump’s White House presidential records to a congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack. American.

In recent weeks, news outlets including CNN have run stories exploring Ginni Thomas’ long-term activism and called on Judge Clarence Thomas to recuse himself.

“The federal recusal law states that any judge ‘shall be disqualified’ if their impartiality can reasonably be questioned,” said Gabe Roth of Fix the Court, a group that calls for more transparency from court judges. supreme.

“Here Virginia Thomas attended the ellipse rally, she is close to those assigned by the Committee and she is involved with several groups that have questioned the results of the 2020 election,” he said. -he declares.

But in the new interview, Ginni Thomas said “the legal way is my husband’s way” and she appeared to distance herself from the events of January 6, 2021.

“Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America,” Thomas told the Free Beacon. “But we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions,” she said.

“Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me and I don’t involve him in my work,” she said.

Supreme Court justices largely make their own decisions to recuse themselves from a case, acting with caution because if they were to step aside, no other justice could take their place to rule. Critics say the system is flawed and there should be more transparency and accountability.

In the interview, Ginni Thomas, who runs a political consulting firm, stressed that she will continue her role as a political activist.

“If you want to be true to yourself and your professional calling, you can never be intimidated, put off or censored by what the press or others say,” she said.

She also clarified her actions on January 6. She said she attended a rally but returned home before former President Donald Trump took the stage at noon. Riots broke out after that.

“I was disappointed and frustrated that there was violence following a peaceful rally by Trump supporters on the Ellipse on January 6,” she said and added that she did not played “no role” with those planning and directing the events. “There are articles in the press suggesting that I paid for or organized buses. I didn’t.”

“There are important and legitimate substantive questions about the achievement of goals such as electoral integrity, racial equality and political accountability that a democratic system like ours needs in order to be able to rationally discuss and debate in the political square. “, she said.

Social media posts obtained by Slate show her encouraging the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, though she later clarified, according to Slate, that she had posted the posts before. the gathering from becoming violent.

Since the rally, she has signed a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging the Republican conference to remove both GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois due to their “egregious actions” as members of the House of Representatives pick. commission to investigate the insurrection. Cheney and Kinzinger serve at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


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