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Leaders of the House Jan. 6 committee say they plan to invite Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to speak to the committee following the report of the Washington Post that the committee has evidence that Thomas is contacting attorney John Eastman.
Eastman played a pivotal role in a campaign to pressure then-Vice President Pence to reject the election results when Congress convened Jan. 6 to count the Electoral College vote, the President of the committee Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., let’s say. Thompson told this to reporters on Capitol Hill and Cheney’s view was confirmed to NPR’s Deirdre Walsh by an aide.
It is unclear whether they will first request a voluntary appearance or a closed-door deposition, or issue a subpoena.
It has previously been revealed that Ginni Thomas had been in contact with Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows via text between the election and Jan. 6. At the time of these revelations, Thompson had said he would recommend the committee ask Thomas to appear before them, but did not make a request. Some committee members said Thomas did not play a significant role until Jan. 6 before the latest reports were released on Wednesday evening.
The Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour effort by Trump allies to bring him in during the legal fight over the election results, in which dozens of trial cases have almost all been decided against Trump. However, Judge Thomas and Judge Samuel Alito disagreed with this decision. Thomas was also the lone dissenter when the Supreme Court ruled against Trump as he sought to have his White House records shielded from the Jan. 6 committee investigation.