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Jan. 6 Panel Sends Letter Asking Ginni Thomas To Testify


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, rebel on the Capitol has asked Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for an interview, the panel’s chairman said Thursday afternoon.

Thomas, a conservative activist, communicated with people in President Donald Trump’s orbit ahead of the attack and in addition on the day of the rebel, when a whole lot of Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

“Now we have sent Ms. Thomas a letter, asking her to come back and seek advice from the committee,” Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel, told reporters after a three-hour public hearing Thursday. He didn’t specify a time or date for an interview.

The chairman said her name could also come up in some unspecified time in the future within the panel’s hearings which are being held throughout June.

Earlier within the day, Thompson and committee vice-chair Liz Cheney had each said it was time for her to are available in voluntarily and supply testimony with the nine-member panel after investigators discovered information that refers to Thomas — often known as Ginni — in communications they’ve obtained regarding one among Trump’s lawyers, John Eastman.

In response, Thomas told the conservative news site Each day Caller on Thursday that she “can’t wait to clear up misconceptions,” suggesting she would comply with a request to testify.

Chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., talks with the media after a hearing of the committee, Thursday, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Eastman, who was advising Trump within the weeks and days ahead of the attack, was a central figure within the committee’s third public hearing Thursday. Lawmakers laid out their case regarding the pressure campaign Trump waged, with a legal assist from Eastman, against then-Vice President Mike Pence to attempt to get him to object or delay Biden’s certification on Jan. 6.

On his blog Thursday, Eastman posted a single email from Thomas on Dec. 4, 2020, by which she asks Eastman for a standing update for a bunch she describes as “grassroots state leaders.”

“OMG, Mrs. Thomas asked me to provide an update about election litigation to her group. Stop the Presses!” the headline on the blog post reads.

Eastman also said he never discussed with either Thomas “any matters pending or prone to come before the Court.”

Thomas didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

It just isn’t the primary time members of the panel have said they wish to seek advice from Thomas. In March, lawmakers on the committee said they were considering inviting her for a witness interview about text messages with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the day of the attack. But she still has not spoken to the panel.

She has been critical of the Jan. 6 committee and signed a letter with other conservatives calling on House Republicans to expel Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference for joining the panel.

Thomas also urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona to decide on their very own slate of electors after the 2020 election, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory within the state were marred by fraud.

She has acknowledged she attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse but left before Trump spoke and his supporters later stormed the Capitol.

Justice Thomas was the one member of the Supreme Court who voted against the court’s order allowing the Jan. 6 committee to acquire Trump records that were held by the National Archives and Records Administration. The court voted in January to permit the committee to get the documents.

The court on Thursday didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from the justice.

The emails between Eastman and Thomas were first reported by The Washington Post.

Associated Press author Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

For full coverage of the Jan. 6 hearings, go to https://www.apnews.com/capitol-siege

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