Virginia Thomas agrees to interview the January 6 panel | National policy
By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK – Associated Press
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 texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and reached out to lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election and before the insurgency.
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.
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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. 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. Judge 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.
It’s unclear whether next week’s hearing 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 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.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chair, said at the panel’s last 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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