Jan. 6 committee to ‘consider subpoena’ for Ginni Thomas, says Rep. Liz Cheney

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising may subpoena Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for her attempts to pressure the Trump White House to attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Sunday.

Cheney, the vice-chairman of the select committee, said the bipartisan panel is engaged with Ginni Thomas’ attorney. The officials have also talked to other personalities who also urged those close to former President Donald Trump to continue their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, she said.

“We certainly hope she will agree to come voluntarily,” Cheney said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if she does not. I hope it won’t come to that. »

Ginni Thomas’ text messages were among thousands of documents related to the Jan. 6 uprising that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House Select Committee investigating the attack before abruptly ceasing to cooperate with the panel in December.

Virginia Thomas urged the White House chief to continue his tireless efforts to cancel the 2020 election

In some comments, Ginni Thomas zealously appealed to Meadows to help overturn the 2020 election results. “Help this great president stand firm Mark,” she wrote on November 10, 2020. “The majority knows that Biden and the left are attempting the biggest heist in our history.”

Her text messages to Meadows, revealed in the spring, prompted her husband to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases related to the 2020 election. They also renewed push from some Democrats for a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

Senior reporter Rhonda Colvin breaks down the main takeaways from the January 6 hearings so far. (Video: Casey Silvestri/The Washington Post)

Lawmakers stressed their work will continue throughout the summer, even after a primetime hearing last Thursday that capped off six weeks of televised testimony.

“The floodgates have opened,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” noting that Thursday’s prime-time session was to be the last hearing when the committee initially had planned its summer. “But so many other witnesses have come forward.”

Cheney said the committee has several interviews scheduled in the coming weeks, including with even more former members of Trump’s cabinet and his campaign.

Lawmakers remain focused on gathering information from the Secret Service, which the committee recently subpoenaed after reports the agency erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, after the inspector’s office General of the Department of Homeland Security requested them.

Among revelations from Thursday’s hearing, members of Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail began to fear for their lives as the attack on the Capitol unfolded, to the point that some called their families to tell them goodbye, according to reports.

Cheney said she was particularly troubled by developments involving the Secret Service, noting that she had been protected by Secret Service agents for eight years when her father, Dick Cheney, was vice president.

“We’ll get to the bottom of it,” Cheney said, adding that those watching the hearing should recognize “the really serious and grave threat to the vice president. And the officers protecting him certainly did a tremendous service.” That day.

The House Select Committee released dramatic footage detailing the chaos in Vice President Mike Pence’s office on January 6, 2021. (Video: Julie Yoon/The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

In “Fox News Sunday,” Cheney said the committee was awaiting testimony from Anthony Ornato, a former deputy chief of staff for White House operations, and Robert Engel, a Secret Service agent who served as head of the service. Trump security. Former Meadows assistant Cassidy Hutchinson says Ornato told her Trump threw himself in anger at Engel while in the presidential limo on Jan. 6 after Trump was told he would not be taken to the Capitol.

Analysis: The Education of Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told ABC’s “This Week” he remains confident in Hutchinson’s testimony and said the panel would “open the doors wide” to hear from those who challenged his testimony.

“What we have is a very credible witness in Cassidy Hutchinson, speaking to what she had heard,” he said.

“Cassidy Hutchinson will go down in history as a hero, and she never sought to do so,” Kinzinger added. “She’s just a young woman speaking the truth with more courage than the vast majority of men in politics today.”

Committee members did not mince words about what they consider Trump’s dereliction of duty. But Cheney reiterated on Sunday that the committee has yet to make a decision on whether to criminally refer Trump to the Justice Department. Earlier this month, she said multiple criminal dismissals from Trump were possible.

“I really hope that [the Justice Department] have a criminal investigation at this point on Donald Trump,” Luria said. “I have no direct knowledge of the status of their investigations, but what I would say is that I can say that the Department of Justice is monitoring our hearings closely.”

Kinzinger said he believed there was evidence Trump had committed crimes and hoped to see the former president prosecuted.

He added that he was worried about the precedent it would set if the Justice Department did not prosecute him even though it had enough evidence to do so – and had a pointed message for those who continue to believe the claims without Trump’s foundation that the 2020 election was stolen.

“Ladies and gentlemen, and especially my Republican friends, your leaders have generally lied to you,” he said. “They know very different things from what they tell you. They know the election wasn’t stolen, but they’re going to send out funding requests, they’re going to take your money, and they’re going to use you to stay in power. You are abused.

Naomi Nix and Laura Reiley contributed to this report.


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