Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence Thomas, Attended “Stop the Steal” Rally on Jan. 6

Ginni Thomas, a far right activist and wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, admitted in an interview published on Monday that she attended the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

Thomas told The Washington Free Beacon that she attended the rallyIn support of former President Donald Trump who made a speech promoting false claims of election fraud just before the attack and urging his followers go to the Capitol to “take back” the country. Thomas insists that she had to leave early because of the cold weather. (The afternoon temperatures were a balmy 58 degrees. were in the low 40s.)

Thomas denied claims that she helped organize the rally. But her defense goes against what journalists have documented. “Three separate sources have told me they believe they saw Ginni Thomas at the Willard on Jan. 6,” journalist Hunter Walker tweetedResponding to the interview. “That’s the hotel where rally planners had a headquarters and the Trump allies working to overturn the election had a ‘command center.’”

Clarence Thomas, in particular. has never recused himself from any case that involved his wife’s far right advocacy.

There is no formal process for justices of Court to recuse. They are expected to adhere to the Judicial Code. However, this is at the discretion of the justices. That provision of the code reads:

Any justice, judge, magistrate or other official of the United States is disqualified [or herself]In any proceeding where his [or her]Unbiasity could be reasonablely questioned.

In the interview, Ginni Thomas defended her activism and her husband’s work on the Court, arguing that their work does not intersect.

“Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America. But we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too,” Ginni Thomas said.

Justice Thomas recently ruled on a case which now appears to be a conflict-of-interest. When the Supreme Court ruled in January of this year that Trump’s executive privilege claims should be waived — and that documents and material relating to the Capitol attack should be shared with the select committee investigating the day’s events — Thomas was the sole dissenter in the case.

Ginni Thomas was a month before that ruling. led a disinformation campaign against the January 6 committee, alleging that the mob did “nothing wrong” and saying that the committee’s work was “overtly partisan” Comments misrepresent the facts of that dayIncluding violence from Trump supporters.

Noah Bookbinder, president of the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), noted Clarence Thomas’s apparent conflict of interest in the case, especially in light of new revelations that his wife was at the rally on January 6.

“Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone vote to block the House Select Committee from getting January 6th documents from Donald Trump,” Bookbinder observed. “We know now that his wife participated in the Jan. 6 rally. That creates a clear appearance of bias and a possible major conflict of interest.”