(L-R) Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas arrive on the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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A Facebook group that appears to be run by Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, could turn into a recent focal point within the U.S. House Select Committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Congressional investigators said they planned to ask Ginni Thomas to testify before the committee hours after Trump attorney John Eastman on Thursday publicly posted a Dec. 4, 2020 email from Thomas asking him to talk to a gathering she called “Frontliners,” which she described as featuring “grassroots state leaders.” Ginni Thomas is listed as an administrator of a Facebook group that goes by an identical name and outline: “FrontLiners for Liberty.”
The private group, which listed greater than 50 members, was created in August 2020, just two months before the November elections, in line with the page’s description.
The group, which CNBC reviewed before it was faraway from public view, described itself as “a recent collaborative, liberty-focused, action-oriented group of state leaders representing grassroots armies to CONNECT, INFORM and ACTIVATE one another weekly to preserve constitutional governance.” Although Thomas’ personal Facebook page is not verified, it contained quite a few photos of Justice Thomas.
The group’s pages were faraway from public view after CNBC reached out to Thomas concerning the organization. It now shows a notice from Facebook saying that it’s either been deleted or the privacy settings have been modified.
CNBC also tried to get answers through Facebook messenger to Stephanie Coleman, who can also be listed administrator of the group and the wife of the late Gregory Coleman who was Texas’ solicitor general. Greg Coleman was once a clerk for Justice Thomas.
Coleman and Thomas are repeatedly pictured together on Coleman’s personal Facebook page, including a photograph of the 2 together in December 2016 with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
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Thomas asked Eastman to talk to her Frontliners group on Dec. 8, in line with her email to him. Eastman said Thomas “invited me to provide an update about election litigation to a bunch she met with periodically,” in line with his post on Substack, an email newsletter subscription service. Thomas told Eastman she was “on sabbatical until this election stuff is resolved.”
On the time, Trump and his allies were filing legal challenges against the 2020 election results after President Joe Biden was declared the winner. Trump and people near him lost most of those lawsuits.
Thomas’ email to Eastman appears to be at issue in his legal dispute with congressional investigators looking into the Jan. 6 attack. A federal judge recently ruled against Eastman, who was trying to claim attorney-client privilege to withhold emails concerning the 2020 election. The judge ordered Eastman to show over ten documents, including 4 that pertained to a gathering on Dec. 8, 2020, which was the identical date Ginni Thomas asked him to talk to Frontliners. “Two emails are the group’s high-profile leader inviting Dr. Eastman to talk on the meeting, and two contain the meeting’s agenda,” U.S. District Judge David Carter wrote in his June. 7 order.
Based on the event’s agenda, Eastman discussed “‘State legislative actions that may reverse the media-called election for Joe Biden.’ One other speaker gave an ‘update on [state] legislature actions regarding electoral votes,'” Carter wrote.
Eastman, in line with the Jan. 6 House select committee investigating the riot that took place about 17 months ago, tried to persuade former Vice President Mike Pence that he held virtually unilateral power to overturn the election. Yet, in line with Pence’s former counsel who testified at a Thursday Jan. 6 committee hearing, Eastman once told him that the Trump advisor’s own legal theory can be rejected 9-0 if it went before the Supreme Court.
The select committee said it plans to ask Ginni Thomas to testify about her correspondence with Eastman. Thomas told The Every day Caller that she was willing to testify. “I can not wait to clear up misconceptions. I stay up for talking to them,” Thomas said. She reportedly supported efforts to overturn the 2020 election, sending text messages to Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows that encouraged him to face behind the then president’s false election claims.
A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, a spokesman for the Jan. 6 House select committee, Thomas, Eastman and his attorneys didn’t reply to requests for comment.
The Frontliners group also worked with a conservative advocacy organization generally known as FreedomWorks, in line with the nonprofit’s spokesman Peter Vicenzi. He also said that Thomas and FreedomWorks activists have been allies for years. FreedomWorks doesn’t publicly disclose their donors.
“Frontliners for Liberty, it’s yet one more conservative grassroots organization that FreedomWorks partners with to advance our issue set,” Vicenzi said in an email. “Ginni Thomas, for years, has been a useful ally to our activist community in relation to engaging on shared issues.”
Since Trump lost the election, FreedomWorks has pushed the concept there must be election reforms. Conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, who used to work with Trump’s campaign, now chairs FreedomWorks’ multimillion dollar National Election Protection Initiative, in line with Newsmax.
Merissa Hamilton, who says on her LinkedIn page that she’s a grassroots director at FreedomWorks, tweeted out in October an image at what she described as an event at “FreedomWorks Frontliners for Liberty.” The image showed Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. attending the event.
After CNBC emailed Hamilton concerning the tweets, they were deleted off her page. She didn’t return follow up requests for comment.