Ginni Thomas meets with the January 6 committee for over 4 hours


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Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stressed that her electoral activities were separate from her husband’s High Court role when they met on Thursday. with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Thomas addressed her dynamic with her husband through a prepared statement at the start of the four-and-a-half-hour meeting with the panel, two sources familiar with CNN told CNN.

“As far as the 2020 election is concerned, I have not spoken to him at all about the details of my volunteer campaign activities,” Thomas said under oath in his opening statement obtained by CNN. “And I didn’t tell him at all about the details of my post-election activities, which were minimal, anyway. I am certain that I never spoke with him about any of the legal challenges to the 2020 election, as I was in no way involved in those challenges.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the Jan. 6 committee, told CNN that Thomas answered “a few questions” in his interview with the panel and reiterated his belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. .

“Yes,” the president replied when asked if Thomas had said she still believed the election was stolen. “She said that.”

Thompson would not disclose what the committee had requested, including whether she had sent her text messages to President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. In his prepared remarks, Thomas claimed her husband was “completely unaware” of her texts with Meadows until the media reported it.

Asked if Thomas had tried to clarify her previous statements, as her lawyer said, Thompson told CNN, “We haven’t charged her with anything.”

Thompson said that overall, “at this point, we’re happy she’s arrived.” And when asked if the panel would incorporate the interview into its upcoming, currently unscheduled hearing, he replied, “If there’s anything worthwhile.”

Entering her voluntary interview Thursday morning, Thomas declined to tell CNN why she felt the need to speak to the committee and instead said, “Thank you for being here.”

She declined to say if she had spoken with her husband about his belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. “Thank you for your question, I look forward to answering the members,” she told CNN.

Thomas’s prepared remarks, however, pointed out “that my husband never spoke to me about the cases pending before the Court. It’s an iron rule in our house.

“In addition, [Justice Thomas] is indifferent to politics. And I don’t usually discuss with him my day-to-day work in politics, what I work on, who I call, email, text or meet,” she added.

Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the voluntary interview last week.

“She was pleased to cooperate with the Committee to dispel misconceptions about her activities surrounding the 2020 elections,” Paoletta said in a statement after Thursday’s interview. “As she said from the outset, Ms. Thomas had serious concerns about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election. And, as she told the Committee, her minimum and general activity was to ensure that that reports of fraud and irregularities are investigated. »

Panel members have long said they want to speak to Thomas, especially after CNN first reported text messages she exchanged with Meadows before Jan. 6 about the election cancellation.

But in the months since those messages were published, there was no indication that compelling her to testify was a top priority for the panel despite later evidence that Thomas had also encouraged state lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin to undo Joe Biden’s legitimate election victory.

Thomas attended the rally ahead of the attack on the US Capitol, as she said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, where she pointed out that her professional life and that of her husband were separated. She also said she left the rally before protesters turned violent.

She also publicly criticized the House investigation on Jan. 6, calling on House GOP leaders to expel the two Republicans serving on the select committee from their conference.

Thompson also told CNN the panel has yet to reschedule its next hearing, having postponed it on Wednesday due to Hurricane Ian. The Mississippi Democrat said he doubts the hearing will take place next week.

This story and headline were updated with additional developments on Thursday.


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