Following months of pressure from lawmakers and pundits, Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, has finally agreed to speak to the House select committee investigating January 6, according to her lawyer. “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election,” said Thomas’s attorney Mark Paoletta in a statement to CNN. “She looks forward to that opportunity.” News of the interview, which could be a closed-door session, was divulged shortly after the committee announced that it will be holding what may be its final hearing next week.
The push for Thomas to appear before the committee began picking up steam in March, when text messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News revealed that she had repeatedly urged Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, to pursue a ploy to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Emails later obtained by The Washington Post also showed Thomas pressuring more than two dozen state lawmakers in Arizona and at least two lawmakers in Wisconsin to reject Joe Biden’s victories in the swing states.
If she does follow through with the interview, Thomas will be one of the most high-profile figures within Trumpworld’s wide-ranging election schemes to appear before the committee. Thomas’s communications with lawyer John Eastman, a former clerk for Clarence Thomas who helped orchestrate the failed effort to have Mike Pence reject the 2020 election results in Congress, are of particular interest to the committee. Eastman also discussed having the Trump campaign present their election fraud claims to the Supreme Court and privately alleged that he knew of a “heated fight” between justices over whether to hear such arguments, The New York Times reported.
Earlier this month, Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 committee, told CBS News’ Face the Nation that Thomas has “relevant testimony to render” and called on her to “come forward and give it.” Thomas, for her part, said in June that she was looking “forward to talking to” the committee. At the same time, she has joined other conservatives in admonishing the committee, signing a December letter to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy calling for the expulsion of representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the GOP conference for seeking “to undermine the privacy and due process of their fellow Republicans” by taking part in the January 6 investigation.
Thomas also disclosed in a March interview that she had attended the January 6 rally that Trump held at the Ellipse, in which the former president told his supporters to “fight like hell,” shortly before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described Thomas as a “proud contributor to a coup.”
source: Vanity Fair