Pass the Popcorn

Matthew G. Saroff
3 min readJun 17, 2022


It appears that the Congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection will call Ginni Thomas as a witness.

It appears that she, and by extension her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whose rulings on the insurrection hew remarkably closely to Ms. Thomas’ goals, were hip deep in the planning of the execution:

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Thursday requested an interview with Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, according to a person familiar with the matter, after fresh evidence surfaced that she had been in contact with an architect of former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.

“We think it’s time that we, at some point, invite her to come talk to the committee,” Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the chairman of the committee, told Axios earlier Thursday.

“It’s time for us to invite her to come talk,” he told CNN. Ms. Thomas is reviewing the letter, said the person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

After Mr. Thompson’s statements, a person close to Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and the committee’s vice chairwoman, said she agreed the panel should seek testimony from Ms. Thomas.

It was a reversal from earlier this year, when members of the committee said they would pursue cooperation from Ms. Thomas, only to change course and say they did not believe she was central to their inquiry.

Mr. Thompson’s statement came after the committee obtained at least one email between Ms. Thomas and the conservative lawyer John Eastman, who hatched the legal strategy Mr. Trump embraced to try to invalidate his 2020 election defeat.


In a different set of emails with the Trump legal team, Mr. Eastman, who is a former clerk to Justice Thomas, claimed to have inside information about a heated debate inside the Supreme Court about how to respond to the president’s voter fraud lawsuits.

(Emphasis mine)


But that appeared to have changed Thursday. A person close to Ms. Cheney said that “the facts make clear the committee does need to talk to Ginni Thomas now.”

I am shocked (not) that evidence indicates that Clarence Thomas’ wife was more involved in the insurrection than was previously understood.

Unfortunately, there are no ethics standards for the Supreme Court

Given that there is no within the US Federal Courts to hold Supreme Court justices accountable, perhaps Congress should be more involved in this process.



Matthew G. Saroff

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