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Text messages show wife of U.S. Supreme Court justice urged overturning Biden election

Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to copies of the messages obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News.

Texts were obtained by CBS News, Washington Post, and submitted to committee probing Jan. 6 riot

Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is shown at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2017. CBS News and the Washington Post have obtained text messages written by Thomas urging the overturning of the 2020 presidential election. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent weeks of text messages imploring White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to act to overturn the 2020 presidential election — furthering then-president Donald Trump's lies that the free and fair vote was marred by non-existent fraud, according to copies of the messages obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News.

The 29 messages the pair exchanged came in the weeks after the vote in November 2020, when Trump and his top allies were still saying they planned to go to the Supreme Court to have its results voided.

The Post reported that on Nov. 10, one week after the election and three days after The Associated Press and other news outlets declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner, Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist, texted to Meadows: "Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! ... You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America's constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History."

Copies of the texts — 21 sent by her, eight sent in reply by Meadows — were provided to the House select committee investigating the deadly insurrection that saw a mob of mostly Trump supporters overrun the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The AP attempted to get the same information from the committee, but it declined to comment.

The texts do not directly refer to Thomas's husband or the Supreme Court. But she has previously admitted to attending the Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Virginia Thomas has also previously denied conflicts of interest between her activism and her husband's place on the high court.

Virginia Thomas has previously admitted to attending then-U.S. president Donald Trump's rally ahead of the riot on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021. (Reuters)

Still, the messages show she was urging the top levels of the Trump administration to try to throw out the 2020 election results — and even offering coaching to Meadows on how best to do so. Thomas urged lawyer Sidney Powell, who promoted false claims about the election, to be "the lead and the face" of the Trump legal team.

Meadows's lawyer, George Terwilliger III, told the Post and CBS that neither he nor Meadows would comment on individual texts, adding, "Nothing about the text messages presents any legal issues."

Meanwhile, Justice Thomas was discharged from the hospital Friday after a stay of nearly a week, the Supreme Court said. Thomas, 73, had entered the hospital on March 18 after experiencing "flu-like symptoms." He was treated for an infection with intravenous antibiotics, the court said two days later, but they have not specified what kind of infection he was treated for.

Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife and conservative activist, Virginia Thomas, while he waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation on Oct. 21, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

'Do not concede,' Thomas urges

In February 2021, the Supreme Court rejected challenges to the election. Justice Thomas dissented, calling the ruling not to hear arguments in the case "befuddling" and "inexplicable."

In a Nov. 5 message to Meadows, Virginia Thomas quoted material that had appeared on right-wing fringe websites: "Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc.) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO [Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp] to face military tribunals for sedition."

In a subsequent text the next day, Thomas wrote to Meadows, "Do not concede."

Mark Meadows is shown in October 2020, when he was White House chief of staff to Trump. Meadows and Virginia Thomas exchanged texts in the weeks following the 2020 election about keeping Trump in power. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The messages also suggest that Meadows was willing to continue pursuing ways to overturn the election. He replied to one message from Thomas: "I will stand firm. We will fight until there is no fight left. Our country is too precious to give up on. Thanks for all you do."

The texts between Thomas and Meadows stop after Nov. 24, 2020. But the committee received another message sent on Jan. 10, 2021, four days after the mob attack on the Capitol, according to the Post and CBS.

"We are living through what feels like the end of America," Virginia Thomas wrote to Meadows.

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