Virginia “Ginni” Thomas — the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — is joining forces with a Republican lawyer in a partisan campaign to “protect President Trump.”
Thomas and Cleta Mitchell, who is a partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner, recently held a closed-door meeting with a group of Republican lawmakers, right-wing evangelical activists, and well-heeled donors to announce an effort aimed at keeping President Donald Trump in the White House, and to combat gains Democrats made in 2018.
The Intercept obtained a copy of the presentation Thomas gave at the meeting, which is for a new political project dubbed “Crowdsourcers”, namely a program within Crowdsourcers she’s leading with Mitchell called “American D-Day.” According to The Intercept, American D-Day “will include a 501(c)(4) arm that can solicit undisclosed donations and a separate PAC registered with the Federal Elections Commission” and aims to “study successful left-wing groups and emulate their tactics.”
Both Thomas and Mitchell pitched their effort at the May meeting of the Council for National Policy (CNP), which the New York Times once described as “a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country.” Some of the CNP’s founding members include Tim LaHaye (author of the Left Behind novel series about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ) and Paul Weyrich, who also founded the notorious American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
While Ginni Thomas is no stranger to extreme right-wing advocacy, her partner in the effort, Cleta Mitchell, makes American D-Day a potential political powerhouse. According to Mitchell’s bio on the Foley & Lardner website, she’s served as counsel for a bevy of far-right and pro-GOP groups, including the National Rifle Association, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee. In a 2018 column for the National Review — a pro-Republican outlet — she implied Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump was a “partisan witch hunt.”
The D-Day project suggests that Clarence Thomas’ opinion on criminal matters involving President Trump — should the matter come before the Supreme Court — could be influenced by his wife’s activism (she once met with Trump in the Oval Office to demand he put more of his own political supporters in positions of power). Though despite that, Justice Thomas isn’t likely to recuse himself from any such case, given past instances of him refusing to recuse himself from politically tinged matters that made their way to the court.
As of this writing, Cleta Mitchell has not yet responded to Grit Post‘s request for comment.
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.