John Eastman says Ginni Thomas invited him to speak on ‘election dispute’

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John Eastman, the lawyer who played a key role in efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to annul the 2020 election, confirmed on Thursday that the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had invited her a month after the election to speak at a meeting she was helping. arrange.

Eastman’s revelation came a day after The Washington Post reported that the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol had obtained an email correspondence between him and Virginia “Ginni.” Thomas, a conservative activist and strong supporter of former President Donald. Asset. Those involved in the investigation said the emails – which have not been made public – showed Thomas’s efforts to help overturn the election were more extensive than previously known, reported The Post.

On Thursday afternoon, in a hearing largely devoted to outlining Eastman’s role in what the committee described as a scheme to steal the presidency, he uploaded a copy of an email that he said Thomas sent it to her on December 4, 2020. The email showed Thomas inviting her to speak on December 8 at Frontliners, which she described as “a group of grassroots state leaders.”

In an accompanying statement posted on Substack, the online newsletter site, Eastman sought to downplay the invitation, saying Thomas had asked him to give an “update on election litigation to a group whom she met periodically”. He wrote that he had not discussed with Thomas or her husband “about any matter pending or likely to come before the court.”

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House committee, said Thursday the committee sent a letter asking Thomas for an interview. Thomas told the conservative Daily Caller that she was looking forward to speaking to the committee and “looks forward to clearing up any misconceptions.”

The content of his December 4 invitation to Eastman appears to match the content of messages recently described by a federal judge as relevant to the committee’s investigation into efforts to nullify the 2020 election by pushing major swing states won by Joe Biden to certify lists of presidential voters who would vote for Trump.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter last week ordered Eastman to release more than 100 emails and other documents, quashing Eastman’s claims that such communications were privileged and should be protected. Among them were 10 documents related to meetings in December 2020 of a group that Eastman had described as “civic-minded citizens from a conservative perspective who meet semi-regularly to socialize and discuss issues. of public interest”. Two of those documents were emails inviting Eastman to speak at a Dec. 8 group meeting, Carter wrote. They were sent by the “high level leader” of the group, he wrote.

Two other documents contained the agenda for the meeting, which showed Eastman did not discuss election litigation but “state legislative actions that can reverse the media election for Joe Biden.” The fact that Eastman, a former Clarence Thomas clerk, was communicating with the judge’s wife about attempts to reverse the election result has intensified questions about whether Clarence Thomas faces a conflict of interest in decision of matters related to the 2020 elections and is trying to overthrow it. .

Neither Eastman nor Ginni Thomas responded to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court did not respond to questions from Clarence Thomas.

Other documents Eastman was ordered to turn over contained agendas for two other group meetings, the judge wrote. Carter wrote that the December 9 agenda had a section titled “‘GROUND GAME after November 4 election results,’ during which a sitting congressman discussed a”[p]lan to challenge voters in the House of Representatives. ““The Dec. 16 agenda included a section in which a Trump voter discussed the “constitutional implications of the Electoral College meeting and what comes next.”

Carter said the documents should be released because they were of “substantial interest” to the House committee since the meetings “pursued an essential objective of the Jan. 6 plan: to have contested states certify alternative voter rolls.” for President Trump.”

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