The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will soon interview Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according to multiple media reports.
CNN, citing people familiar with the plans, said on Monday the House panel would likely ask Ginni Thomas to testify voluntarily, though lawmakers have not ruled out issuing subpoenas to compel key witnesses to testify. .
“We want to hear from everyone who has something to say,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the nine-person bipartisan committee, told CNN. He added that Thomas “obviously interacted frequently with the president’s chief of staff and was actively involved in efforts to nullify the election.” So speaking as a member, I think it’s important that we hear it.
The news follows reports last week from the Washington Post and CBS News that Thomas sent nearly two dozen text messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows urging him to help cancel the 2020 presidential election. Meadows, who had responded to some of the messages, turned over the texts and hundreds of pages of other documents to the Jan. 6 select committee as part of its investigation.
Thomas sent the missives over a three-month period from November 2020 to January 2021, sharing conspiracy theories about voter fraud and urging Meadows to void the presidential results.
“Help this great president stand firm, Mark!!! … You are the leader, with him, who defends American constitutional governance on the precipice,” she wrote in a Nov. 10 post, shortly after Democrat Joe Biden was projected to defeat then-President Donald Trump “The majority knows that Biden and the left are attempting the biggest heist in our history.”
The posts don’t directly reference her husband’s work on the Supreme Court, but they do show the powerful influence she wields in Washington. Lawyers said the texts raise serious conflict of interest concerns about Clarence Thomas’ work on the court, as he voted on issues related to the Capitol Riot.
The Jan. 6 committee could use its subpoena power to secure other communications Thomas may have had with other White House officials. The New York Times added that some panel members initially opposed the use of a subpoena, calling it a minor player in the insurgency, but news about the text messages increased public pressure on the committee. to talk to him.
Thomas also said earlier this month that she attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, just hours before the deadly attack on Congress. She said she had no role in organizing the event and left early due to cold weather.