WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to a voluntary interview with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
- According to texts obtained by CBS news, Ginni Thomas encouraged then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to take action to help overturn the 2020 election results.
- Thomas admitted she attended the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot.
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to voluntarily speak with the House Jan. 6 select committee, according to her attorney, Mark Paoletta. The news came after the committee announced it will hold a public hearing on Sept. 28.
“I can confirm that Ginni Thomas has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the Committee,” Paoletta said in a statement on Wednesday. “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. She looks forward to that opportunity.”
CNN first reported the news.
In June, Democrat congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the chairman of the Jan.6 House panel, told reporters that the committee would “soon” invite Ginni Thomas to speak with them.
“We think it’s time that we would, at some point, invite her to come talk to the committee,” Thompson said then. This is after revelations about emails that sources said Ginni Thomas has exchanged with lawyer John Eastman, a former clerk to her husband.
The committee has obtained text messages between Ginni Thomas and former President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, along with the messages between her and Eastman. Emails have also revealed she was communicating with officials in various states about efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The House special committee sent a letter to her requesting an interview.
Later that month, Thompson said dialogue with Ginni Thomas was ongoing: “It’s our expectation that we will keep talking and trying to get her to come in.”
The Jan. 6 committee has said Eastman was the mastermind behind the legal scheme to fraudulently overturn the 2020 presidential election. In part, he also pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject some states’ legitimate electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, when Congress met to certify the election results.
Ginni Thomas told The Daily Caller in June, “I can’t wait to clear up misconceptions. I look forward to talking to them [the committee].”
Following the news, Eastman defended himself, saying “At no time did I discuss with Mrs. Thomas or Justice Thomas any matters pending or likely to come before the Court.”
Source: CBS News