Virginia Thomas agrees to interview the January 6 panel

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 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 reached out to lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin as part of the effort.

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. The announcement of the hearing comes as the committee prepares to wrap up its work before the end of the year and write a final report outlining its findings on the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Committee members had promised further hearings in September as they completed the series of summer hearings. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican Vice President, said the committee “has a lot more evidence to share with the American people and more to gather.”

It’s unclear whether the hearing would provide a general overview of what the panel learned or whether it would focus on new information and evidence, such as an interview with Thomas. The committee 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.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.


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