In an unwritten dissenting opinion Monday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas showed he would seek enforcement of a Jan. 6 House subpoena for the phone and text records of Arizona Republican Party chairman Kelli Ward. have blocked.
The commission is seeking Ward’s records regarding her role in former President Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election as a fake voter who cast ballots in the Electoral College for Trump.
This is the second time Thomas has indicated he would intervene to hinder the committee’s efforts to investigate the plot to overturn the 2020 election, in which his wife, Ginni Thomas, played a role
Thomas before the lonely justice to differ of the court’s refusal to block the release of White House documents held by the National Archives to the January 6 committee. It was later revealed in March that his wife had been in contact with White House officials about Trump’s machinations to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
Text messages between Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Ginni Thomas revealed that the wife of the Justice Department was entranced by baseless conspiracy theories about electoral fraud and involved in conspiracies with the White House to reverse Trump’s loss.
Email messages from Thomas to state legislators, including those in Arizona, revealed her efforts to pressure Republican state lawmakers to reject Biden voters and nominate bogus voters in support of Trump. These fake GOP voter rolls, including Ward, could then be submitted to Congress as part of Trump’s plan to get then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject Biden’s voters and declare Trump victorious to call.
Ward had asked the Supreme Court to block lower court decisions ordering her to comply with the commission’s subpoena. She declared the case “one of the most important First Amendment cases in history” and said forcing her to comply could “cool down public participation in partisan politics”.
But the court rejected her appeal, clearing the way for the House panel to get Ward’s phone records. Judge Samuel Alito joined Thomas in dissenting the rejection of Ward’s request.
Although Thomas has refused to withdraw from cases involving his wife’s political activities, he did rather withdraw from cases involving his son.
Ginni Thomas testified privately before the January 6 committee in September. She reportedly told the panel that she still believes the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
Justice Thomas first ruled for blocking the disclosure of Trump White House documents before his wife’s text messages with Meadows were made public. Since then, Democrats in Congress have called for him to do so retire, resign or be impeached for interfering in matters that seem to defend his wife’s political activities.
Others have noted that Thomas’s continued participation in January 6 cases emphasized the need to demand from the court adhere to a binding code of ethics.