But she adamantly opposed further investigation into the insurgency. Last December, she co-signed a letter calling on House Republicans to expel Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from their conference for joining the Capitol Riot Investigation Committee, saying it brought “a lack of respect for the rule of law in our country” and “legal harassment to private citizens who have done nothing wrong.
And in late March, The Post and CBS reported that she sent a series of text messages to Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, imploring him to take action to void the election. Ms Thomas urged him to “unleash the Kraken and save us from the left that is bringing America down”, invoking a popular right-wing slogan that references a set of conspiratorial claims that Trump supporters say would overturn the vote. In the text messages, she also said she had been in touch with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, about a post-election legal strategy.
Democrats expressed outrage. In a letter after the text messages were flagged, two dozen Democrats, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, wrote, “Given recent revelations about Ms. Thomas’ efforts to void the election and her specific communications with White House officials in doing so, Judge Thomas’ involvement in cases involving the 2020 election and the January 6 attack is extremely difficult to reconcile with federal ethics requirements.
Still, the question remains whether the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack will request an interview with Ms. Thomas. In March, people familiar with the work of the committee signaled their desire to ask Ms. Thomas to come forward voluntarily for an interview. But the committee has yet to do so, and its chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, told reporters that Ms. Thomas had not recently appeared in panel discussions.
Judge Thomas remained defiant amid questions about his own impartiality, resisting calls to recuse himself from issues that overlap with his wife’s activism. Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to allow release of the Trump White House filings related to Jan. 6, Justice Thomas was the lone dissenter. In February last year, he strongly dissented when the court refused to hear a case brought by Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to disqualify certain mail-in ballots.
The latest revelations about his wife follow a speech last week in which he blasted protests outside the judges’ chambers after a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” he told a conference of fellow Tories. “And then I wonder when they’ll be gone or destabilized, what we’re going to have as a country.”
And he flashed on his own partisanship by saying left-wing protests lacked right-wing decorum — while failing to mention last year’s attack on the Capitol, or protests like the ones outside the house. by Mr. Bowers.