Ginny Thomas’ new position, her lawyers explained, is that she is not going to testify because the committee has “no basis” to interview her. In a long letter to committee leaders, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney Thomas’ attorney says the committee needs to provide a “better rationale” for why the committee wants her testimony.
So, imagine this: we’ve once again quickly gone from the Republicans swearing to clear themselves to explaining that they absolutely will not agree to swear this innocence. What a shocker.
You can read the letter if you want Thomas’s “not under oath” version of events, or you can ignore it, because again: not under oath. But Thomas’ attorney for the day had to demand a decent few hours on this new claim, so that the House Select Committee investigating the violent coup against the government could better explain why it wanted to hear from an extremely prominent Republican activist identified as a fraud in the anti-election conspiracy. and other forms of pressure on Trump officials that are now at the heart of the coup plotting, so in order to squeeze more money out of whoever is funding Ginny Thomas’ far-right paranoid campaign, let’s give her legal team a start on why coup investigators might want to hear her explanation directly from horse’s mouth. Do we?
First, the committee has evidence that Ginny Thomas sent election conspiracy hoaxes directly to the White House Chief of Staff, hoaxes that were used as alleged evidence of the illegitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, as well as being promoted by the current president himself. . She promoted these hoaxes as if they were true, even endorsing Mark Meadows, who has now played a major role in the Capitol violence, and claiming that the battle over the election results was “a battle between good and evil.” These reports also supported actions the White House took later, such as the promotion of leveraged attorney and hoax promoter Sidney Powell.
Second, Thomas-like defense of the central figure, John Eastman, the mastermind behind a plan that would have Vice President Mike Pence unilaterally overturn the results of a presidential election by introducing fake ballots designed to challenge real, certified voters. her insight into how Eastman came up with the plan and, importantly, the “evidence” that circulated among the coup’s organizers to justify it. But Eastman also made an incendiary claim that he was aware of a “heated battle” at the Supreme Court as the justices privately mulled over the legal issues Eastman raised about a plan to invalidate the election results based on the White House’s own words. so then.
This statement puts Ginny Thomas squarely in the spotlight. Possible no one Eastman contacted someone who would have closer knowledge of the positions of the Supreme Court justices. She is married to one. Her career is based on consulting, selling herself as someone who knows what arguments you should use to best influence the court’s conservatives. her husband, preparing things; So her communication with Eastman during this time will naturally be scrutinized.
Eastman may have simply lied about his access to the court. He may have had an insight into the court’s state of mind through other channels. However, it is perfectly reasonable for those investigating a violent coup to raise questions about the efforts of the coup plotters to force the cancellation of the American election on some kind of legal or pseudo-legal basis.
We also know that Eastman himself believed his legal rights to be an illegal scheme, even as he continued to push it. This gives the committee even more reason to want to examine all of Eastman’s contacts to confirm who told him what and when.
Third, Ginny Thomas’ actions show that she has been vigorous in promoting the hoax that the White House used to falsely discredit the election and get Congress to overturn it. She personally signed a letter demanding that Arizona’s Republican lawmakers throw out the state’s presidential election results in order to appoint a new slate of pro-Trump voters — the exact plan Eastman himself based his effort on. Thomas was not a bystander here, but part of a larger group of very prominent Republican pundits, consultants and staff who active promoting fraudulent falsifications to contest election results and using these fraudulent claims to defend the Eastman Plan.
This is… a very big deal! If Thomas herself knew those hoaxes are fraudulent or simply didn’t bother to perform minimal checks on their accuracy, which extends the boundaries of the seditious conspiracy to her own social circle. She personally advocated for America’s election to be overturned based solely on manufactured hoaxes designed to discredit Biden’s (and only Biden’s) votes. She was in direct contact with the individuals in the White House who used these hoaxes to force states to change election totals, and who, when all else failed, called a rabid hoax mob to disrupt a joint session of Congress. which will formalize the election results.
No, the committee probably wouldn’t be seeking Ginny Thomas’ testimony if she were Ginny Jones tweeting Facebook memes and fueling all the conspiracy theories floating around her social circles. But none of these other people had direct contact with several people in the Trump White House who were themselves active in trying to overturn America’s election or who could provide legal insight into the strategies her husband would be most amenable to legal arguments that would justify. such cancellation.
Yes, it’s very tragic that she’s involved in all of this thanks to… being a ubiquitous voice in Trumpism that has previously advocated purging non-Republicans from government while promoting maudlin conspiracy theories to justify these actions. The world is unfair. Consider coming to a House committee the price of admission if you’re a very strong partisan who stands for very unusual things.
Thomas’s messages show that she has both an understanding of how anti-Democratic hoaxes began to spread in the White House, as well as significant potential knowledge of who, both inside and outside the White House, supported the hoaxes most. Given that we are investigating the origins of a violent coup attempt, it is reasonable to expect that Ginny Thomas want to testify to the origin of the plan, which ended in violence. It would be a polite and patriotic thing to do, if Ginny didn’t have an infamous aversion to both of those things.
The committee is not particularly interested in Ginny Thomas’s thoughts or her omnipresent efforts to ingratiate herself with the Washington elite by relentlessly promoting partisan crackpots. The committee wants to know if Thomas was in contact with anyone else who is now identified as central to the annulment effort. It wants to know if Thomas can testify about the state of mind of those in the White House who refuse to testify themselves about the sequence of events that led to the death on the grounds of the United States Capitol. It wants to know if Thomas has any insight into the White House’s claims that the Supreme Court has signaled a willingness to discuss the legal merits of declaring Mike Pence the sole arbiter of our elections.
Ginny Thomas has made a career in Washington of proving she has access to power and the skills to wield that power, so a letter from a lawyer insisting she’s just a Facebook reader reading the coup around her is a bit much. Thomas has every right to answer questions that would provide evidence of the crimes from her side; she does not have the right to declare that she does not have to appear for questioning at all, or to refuse questions about the alleged crime. the others.
The committee is investigating a multi-pronged effort to overthrow the United States government through legal wrangling, armed disinformation, and organized efforts to force a violent mob onto the steps of the U.S. Capitol. If Ginny Thomas doesn’t think this is a serious enough investigation to merit her own cooperation — unless she gets something personally useful, her name “cleared,” then we as a society can draw our own moral conclusions about that. .
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