Two days ago we had yet another January 6 Committee bombshell. They’re coming so fast and furious these days that I sometimes feel like I’m on the planet Metaluna at the very end when it’s about to blow up. Where the action was last week, was directed not just at the Trump/Eastman emails, but Clarence Thomas’ role began to emerge out of the shadows. I am seriously wondering if his role, as requested by Eastman, to “cast legitimate doubt” on the Georgia election and enter a judicial stay, might not be part of what comes out of the wash in the Fani Willis investigation in Fulton County?

This is the best synopsis of the events of the eight incriminating Eastman emails from last week, from Heather Cox Richardson’s newsletter.

Yesterday morning, Kyle Cheney, Josh Gerstein, and Nicholas Wu of Politico reported more about the eight emails lawyer John Eastman, who wrote the memo outlining a plan by which then–vice president Mike Pence could steal the 2020 election for Donald Trump, tried to hide from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. The emails included discussions between Eastman, fellow Trump lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, and others about how to stop Congress from counting the certified 2020 electoral ballots on January 6, 2021.

In the emails, Chesebro urged arranging to get a case before Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court so he could issue a stay that would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election in Georgia. They should “frame things so that Thomas could be the one to issue some sort of stay or other circuit justice opinion saying Georgia is in legitimate doubt.” Thomas oversees the circuit court that includes Georgia, and he would “end up being key” to getting Biden’s victory overturned.

Eastman responded: “I think I agree with this.” Such a move by Thomas could “kick the Georgia legislature into gear.”

“Kick the Georgia legislature into gear?” And what might that mean, exactly? Strong arm and muscle them into accepting a fake slate of electors? Stop for a moment and consider this. It’s bad enough for Donald Trump to conceive a scheme like this, but he’s Donald Trump. This is how he thinks, like a mobster. And for a renegade band of faux conservative autocrats to take up on this illegal plan is not all that surprising either. But for a sitting justice of the Supreme Court to even consider involving himself in such a thing?

And it’s not unreasonable to believe that he considered it. We have cronyism par excellence taking place here, with Eastman approaching his old boss and mentor with this scheme. The more details we can find out, in a perfect world, about the Eastman/Thomas connection with Georgia the more we might really know about what went on in the last days of the attempt to steal the election. Fani Willis’ investigation might well be the turning point in this entire saga.

As a young lawyer, Eastman clerked for Thomas, and Dan Froomkin of PressWatchers noted that Eastman and others were in this same period of time writing to Thomas’s wife, Ginni, who was urging state legislators to overturn the election by submitting fake slates of electors.

Froomkin pointed to a New York Times article from June 15, 2022, which explained that on December 24, 2020, five days after Trump had announced a “protest” at the Ellipse to be held on January 6, Eastman wrote to Chesebro that Eastman had heard there was a “heated fight” among the Supreme Court justices about whether they should take up the election issue. Chesebro replied that the “odds of action before Jan. 6 will become more favorable if the justices start to fear that there will be ‘wild’ chaos on Jan. 6 unless they rule by then, either way.”

Time out again. The “odds of action” by the Supreme Court, “will become more favorable” if they start to fear that the MAGAs will go insane and burn down Washington, D.C. unless the justices decide to give them what they want and get involved? Now, granted, that’s a bit inflammatory, but “wild chaos” means what? What we saw on January 6 and worse?

So we seem to have a deliberate attempt to throw a court case to Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife was urging the overthrow of the election, and to pressure the Supreme Court to act by creating chaos in the streets, all in order to keep former president Trump in the White House.

Read that sentence again. Or even a third time and let its full import sink in.  Yes, we did have what looks to be a “deliberate attempt” to get one justice, Clarence Thomas, to get involved in this court case. His job was to “cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Georgia election.” This is sheer cronyism, the old law clerk coming up with the plan and going to the Justice to execute it.

Alongside the cronyism was the fact of Trump’s desperation. He went nuts when he lost Georgia. He approached Raffensberger and other people, begging them to “find” him votes, as you well recall. Georgia was ground zero in this plan to topple the government and Clarence Thomas was a “key” figure, as he has been labeled since this past Thursday, in that plan.

It would be interesting if Fani Willis could prove that Clarence Thomas knew all about this corrupt scheme and did nothing. And he had to. There is no way Ginni Thomas was knee deep in all this and Clarence knew nothing. That is simply not a reasonable assumption to make.

It would also be interesting to see if Fani Willis can shed more light on how Trump just kept going with the Big Lie long after it was shown to him that it was all a lie.

“The emails show that President Trump knew that the specific numbers of voter fraud were wrong but continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public,” US District Judge David Carter wrote in his Oct. 19 opinion.

Carter specifically cited claims by Trump’s legal team in Dec. 4, 2021 court filing that election workers in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, had improperly counted more than 10,000 votes cast by dead people, felons and unregistered voters.

Later that month, Eastman warned in a message that Trump had been made aware that “some of the allegations (and evidence proffered by the experts)” in that Georgia filing “has been inaccurate.”

Yet even after the message from Eastman, Trump and his team filed another legal complaint that had “the same inaccurate numbers,” the judge wrote. Trump under oath verified the complaint was true to the best of his knowledge.

The Willis investigation may be the thing to connect all the dots here. Clarence Thomas and Georgia are both key to Trump’s plan to stay in power. And so is Ginni Thomas, who acted as a liaison between various states and the White House in the last days leading up to January 6, pushing the slate of alternate electors scheme.

Back to the pressure on the Supreme Court to act under the threat of “chaos in the streets.” In plain English, the Supreme Court of the United States was being extorted to do something against its best judgement, (if indeed they engaged in a “heated fight”) or be held responsible for violence in Washington, which MAGA did deliver in some measure. People did die. Many are incarcerated. Many more will be as the cases go through the court system.

And the takeaway here is that Clarence Thomas still sits on the highest court in the land and so far Chief Justice John Roberts has been silent about all this. And by the by, have you heard one word of the testimony that Ginni Thomas provided to the January 6 Committee? This squib from NPR is as close as I’ve gotten and all it says was Thomas “thought there was fraud” and Bennie Thompson said, “she didn’t offer any proof.”

That’s swell. What about the fact that Ginni Thomas was part of a conspiracy to overthrow the results of the election?  Again, crickets.

This case of Clarence and Ginni Thomas is the linchpin to unraveling what went on with Trump, Eastman, and the whole enchilada. I wonder if the January 6 Committee is biding its time or if it’s simply futile to even attempt to hold people this highly placed in government accountable.

Or, what may happen next and what I am hoping is going to happen, is that Fani Willis’ investigation is going to shine a light into all these dark corners and let us see what went on. Not only will Donald Trump be possibly facing a criminal indictment when she is through, it is possible that Clarence Thomas might be looking at some kind of an early retirement. Wouldn’t that be something?

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  1. Interesting thought: What would happen if either the 1/6 Committee or Ms. Willis subpoenas Justice Thomas? Think on it—-he’s on the highest court, but he is, also, a citizen (no more or less than me). And I don’t know of any reason he cannot be called to testify….

    • That just may happen. I confess that I don’t know enough of the history of the Supreme Court to know whether it has happened before. I may look up whether a Justice has been called to testify on his own behalf in connection with a criminal trial. Or a civil one, for that matter.

    • Mightn’t Separation of Powers come into play here? Although, under that logic former guy couldn’t be called upon to testify.

      Indeed this is an interesting thought. Regardless of a yea or nay here, the s.c. would sink further in the public’s esteem. If the public has any left for this bunch of political hacks.

  2. Whether true or not Ari Melber just covered a story that a leak from DOJ to NY Times revealed the DOJ is waffling about indicting Trump even if they have a case. That would make Merrick a bald faced liar & hypocrite. Will be looking for more information since it totally contradicts DOJ silence & merrick garland in his assertion that no one is above the law. I hope it’s bullshit but after Comey breaking protocol to impact the last election, who knows?

    • Oh, no. Bad news! If Merrick chickens out, his rep will be mud and history will not be kind to him.

      Over the last week, I have struggled to keep my stress level on an even keel. One day I read one thing. Next news story says another. Up and down! Something contributing greatly to this bumpy ride for me is the rash of polls that keep proclaiming that the Republicans are pulling ahead. Everyone know polls are unreliable because so much depends on how you structure the questions in the polls. It’s not rocket science. And, it’s not easy to know which organizations’ polls are tainted by political bias.

      I voted early and canvassed for my local Democratic party as well as writing regular letters to our local papers.

      We all just need to hold on. And vote of course!

    • I don’t think it’s time to throw up our hands in despair yet. So far Garland has run a tight ship. Let’s see what he does. And I’m still not sure about how he handled the Mueller situation. It is possible that a lot of that evidence will be used in an indictment still yet to come. Again, I think we are a TV culture, we want quick plot developments, fast resolutions, dopamine highs and we’re not going to get that. But we might get what we want. And if we can’t get what we want, we might get what we need, as the song says.

    • This is the way of life. But I think people are waking up more and more to how screwed things have become in this country. At least, such is my hope.

  3. I think one of the reasons Trump may declare is the idea the DOJ will shrink back not wanting to appear ‘political’ because he is a candidate. That and it adds fuel to him running around claiming the democrats are trying to stop him from being elected. This is the risk by continuing to stall when it’s CLEAR he’s broken many laws. Of course, if Garland really wanted to honor his statement that no one is above the law then do what is right no matter how much the Maga crowd screams. Pay attention to the 70% of us who aren’t in the streets with guns but are royally pissed off. Let Trump walk and you may get more than you bargained for. Remember the demonstrations when he got elected and around all his fascist behaviors? Garland needs to honor what he says.

    • All very true – and above all it is faith in the system itself that is at stake. We all want fair dealings no matter how ‘high up’ the ladder a person is, or no matter who is bribing or blackmailing who ! Garland is the crossroads point, and I think he knows that, but the problem is the huge pulls from those with power to get him to just let them all go back to their ‘normal’ lives & forget all about the whole nuisance, silly investigation, after all “us people of high rank know how to run things properly, and we know the rubes are just hysterical idiots don’t we ?”. That takes care of resuming the usual plays & all is fine while they reconfigure the plot for better results next time !

  4. Ginni Thomas had the utmost gall to come to my Legislature here in Arizona. Thank heaven that we have a state government that is incorruptible. They turned her down flat! She has severely compromised Clarence Thomas and adding in his own actions make it really necessary to get him off the Supreme Court. He should either be forced to retire or be impeached.

  5. Ursula, you’re dating me. I remember “Metaluna” from when (I wish) I was a wee tot. IIRC, the inhabitants had a servant class who had their brains outside of their heads. You could bop them one to incapacitate them.

    If only…


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