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Ginni Thomas, justice’s wife, interviewed in probe of pro-Trump Jan. 6 Capitol riot


Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, moderates a pannel discussion titled “When did World War III Begin? Part A: Threats at Home” in the course of the Conservative Political Motion Conference on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is interviewing Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NBC News reported Thursday morning.

Virginia Thomas, who goes by Ginni, arrived at a Capitol Hill office constructing flanked by security, NBC reported. The interview with the conservative political activist and spouse of the powerful justice was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. ET, two sources aware of the matter told NBC.

Thomas didn’t answer reporters’ questions as she walked down a hallway toward a conference room. “Thanks for being here,” she said, a CNN video showed. “Thanks to your query.”

Reports have indicated that Thomas was involved in efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results and discussed those efforts with Trump administration officials.

A spokesman for the committee declined CNBC’s request for comment on the interview. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court didn’t immediately reply to an email requesting comment.

Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., previously confirmed that the panel would interview Ginni Thomas this week.

Thomas’ lawyer, Mark Paoletta, said in a statement last week that “Mrs. Thomas is desperate to answer the committee’s inquiries to clear up any misconceptions about her work regarding the 2020 election.” Paoletta didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for comment.

The panel is investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, when a violent mob of then-President¬†Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The riot forced lawmakers to flee their chambers and temporarily stopped them from confirming President¬†Joe Biden’s victory over Trump within the 2020 election.

The committee was scheduled to carry its ninth public hearing this week but postponed it attributable to Hurricane Ian, the main storm that was approaching Florida on the time.

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