WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Attorney Mark Paoletta said Thomas was “looking forward to answering questions from the committee to dispel any misconceptions about his work regarding the 2020 election.”
The committee has for months requested an interview with Thomas in an effort to learn more about his role in trying to help former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. She texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and reached out to lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election.
Thomas’ willingness to testify comes as the committee prepares to wrap up its work before the end of the year and writes a final report outlining its findings on the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The panel announced on Wednesday that it would reconvene for a hearing on September 28, likely the last in a series of hearings that began this summer.
Testimony from Thomas – known as Ginni – was one of the remaining items for the panel as it contemplates the completion of its work. The panel has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and shown some of those video testimonies at its eight hearings over the summer.
The extent of Thomas’ involvement prior to the attack on the Capitol is unknown. In the days following Biden’s presidential election call from the Associated Press and other news outlets, Thomas emailed two Arizona lawmakers urging them to choose “a blank list of voters” and to “stay strong in the face of political and media pressure”. The AP obtained the emails earlier this year under the state’s Open Archives Act.
She has said in interviews that she attended the first pro-Trump rally on the morning of Jan. 6, but left before Trump spoke and the crowd headed for the Capitol.
Thomas, a long-time Trump supporter active in conservative causes, has repeatedly maintained that her political activities pose no conflict of interest with her husband’s work.
“Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America. But we have our own distinct careers, as well as our own ideas and opinions. Clarence does not discuss his work with me and I don’t involve her in my work,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview published in March.
Justice Thomas was the lone dissenting voice when the Supreme Court ruled in January to allow a congressional committee access to presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes relating to the January 6 events.
Ginni Thomas has been openly critical of the committee’s work, including signing a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference for joining the congressional committee. of January 6.
CNN first reported that Thomas agreed to the interview.
It is unclear whether the committee hearing next week will provide a general overview of what the panel learned or whether it will focus on new information and evidence, such as any evidence provided by Thomas. The committee also conducted several interviews in late July and August with Trump’s Cabinet secretaries, some of whom had considered invoking the 25th Amendment constitutional process to remove Trump from office after the insurgency.
Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chair, said at the panel’s final hearing in July that the committee “has a lot more evidence to share with the American people and more to gather.”
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