The new emails show that Thomas also messaged two Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin: state senator Kathy Bernier, then chair of the Senate Election Commission, and state representative Gary Tauchen. Bernier and Tauchen received the email on Nov. 9 at 10:47 a.m., almost the same time Arizona lawmakers received a verbatim copy of Thomas’s message. Bernier’s email was obtained by The Post and Tauchen’s email was obtained by the watchdog group Documented and provided to The Post.
Thomas sent all emails through FreeRoots, an online platform that allowed people to send prewritten emails to multiple elected officials.
“Please stand strong in the face of media and political pressure,” read the emails sent on Nov. 9, just days after major media organizations called the presidency for Biden. “Please think about the tremendous authority conferred on you by our Constitution. And then please take action to ensure that a clean slate of voters is elected for our state.”
Neither Thomas nor her attorney, Mark Paoletta, responded to requests for comment. A Supreme Court spokeswoman did not respond to a message asking Clarence Thomas for comment.
Ginni Thomas’s political activism is highly unusual for the husband of a Supreme Court judge, and it has for years raised questions about potential conflicts of interest for her husband. She has said that the two keep their professional lives separate.
But control of the Thomases was intensified this year after The Post and CBS News received copies of text messages Ginni Thomas exchanged with Mark Meadows, then President Donald’s White House Chief of Staff, in the weeks following the 2020 election. Trump. Thomas repeatedly urged Meadows to keep fighting to undo the election results. After Congress confirmed Biden’s victory on Jan. 6, 2021, she expressed her anger at Vice President Mike Pence, who had refused to intervene to keep Trump in office. “We are experiencing what feels like the end of America,” Thomas wrote to Meadows four days later.
Thomas was also in touch during the post-election period with John Eastman, the pro-Trump attorney who once worked for her husband and whose role in the bid to reverse Biden’s victory was criticized by both the Justice Department as the House selection committee. investigation into the January 6 riots. In early December 2020, Thomas invited Eastman to speak at a Frontliners for Liberty meeting, which she described as a group of grassroots activists, according to an email Eastman posted online.
The agenda for the meeting has not been made public. But a federal judge ruling on which documents to hand over in response to a subpoena from the commission wrote that the agenda shows Eastman talking about “state legislative action that could reverse the media-called election for Joe Biden.” “. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ordered Eastman to send emails from congressional investigators regarding Thomas and meetings of her Frontliners group, saying the meetings “promoted a critical goal of the Jan. 6 plan: to provide alternative states to disputed states.” lists of voters for president to be certified by Trump.”
The parliamentary committee asked Thomas to come for a voluntary meeting in June. According to a copy of the request published by the conservative Daily Caller, the commission also requested a wide range of documents from her, including all documents related to plans to reverse the election and all communications with members of Congress and their staff. and employees of the Ministry of Justice.
At the time, Thomas indicated that she would obey. “I can’t wait to clear up misconceptions. I look forward to talking to them,” Thomas told the Daily Caller, her former employer.
Less than two weeks later, on June 28, Paoletta told the committee that while Thomas remained willing to sit for an interview, he did not believe there was “sufficient basis” for doing so.
In a letter obtained by The Post, Paoletta — a longtime close associate of the Thomases — described Ginni Thomas’ text messages to Meadows as “completely unremarkable” and said they do not suggest she played any part in the attack on the Capitol. He used her invitation to Eastman simply as an invitation to speak, not as an endorsement of his views or “any indication of a working relationship.” He also said she played no part in organizing the email campaign to Arizona lawmakers and did not compose or edit the form letters she sent.
In an interview, Wisconsin legislator Bernier said it would have been appropriate if the state legislature had considered decertifying the 2020 results in the weeks following the election if there was evidence of significant voter fraud. “But as we went through the process and the legal challenges were addressed and discounted by the judicial system, nothing had been proven of actual voter fraud,” she said.
Bernier said she hadn’t realized Thomas was one of the thousands of people who emailed her after the election, but she said Thomas “has a right to express her opinion in the First Amendment”.
“I was married for twenty years. I assumed a certain identity from my husband, but I had my own thoughts,” Bernier said. “Just because you’re married to someone doesn’t mean you’re a clone.”
Tauchen did not respond to messages requesting comment.
Thomas’ Nov. 9 email was one of thousands sent through the FreeRoots platform that flooded Bernier and Tauchen’s offices in the weeks following the election, data shows.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported in January 2021 that of the more than 10,000 pages of emails received during that period by Bernier and State Representative Ron Tusler (R), then the chairman of his chamber’s electoral commission, the majority were ” mass-generated form letters making non-specific allegations of alleged irregularities, a right-wing fraud investigation attempt, and a clip from Fox’s Sean Hannity show.”
It has not been previously reported that Thomas sent one of the FreeRoots emails to Bernier. “Please do your constitutional duty!” read the subject line of the message she sent.
According to data released to The Post by Bernier’s office, Thomas was the fourth of more than 30 people who sent that particular email on November 9 and 10. The first sender of that email, three hours before Thomas, was an individual named Stephanie Coleman, according to the records.
A woman named Stephanie Miller Coleman is the widow of one of Clarence Thomas’s former clerks. She was listed as co-administrator, with Thomas, of a private Facebook group for Frontliners. The group admins page is no longer publicly visible.
Coleman did not respond to a message asking for comment.
Ginni Thomas’s communication with key players in the bid to reverse the election has led to calls for her husband to withdraw from matters related to the 2020 election and attempts to undermine it. Clarence Thomas has not indicated that he intends to do so.
This year, eight Supreme Court justices rejected Trump’s request to prevent congressional investigators from accessing White House data that could shed light on the events of January 6, 2021. Thomas was the only judge to disagree. was and sided with Trump.
Jacqueline Alemany contributed to this report.