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Jan. 6 riot committee will invite Ginni Thomas to testify

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Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits along with his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas while he waits to talk on the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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The chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot said Thursday that the panel will invite Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to testify about her involvement in efforts to reverse Donald Trump’s presidential election loss.

Disclosure of the planned invitation of Ginni Thomas got here a day after a report that the committee had obtained emails between her and John Eastman, a lawyer who was advising Trump on the 2020 election.

Eastman was a number one proponent of a plan to have Trump and others pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to dam the certification by Congress of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The Jan. 6 panel is about Thursday afternoon to carry its third public hearing, which can deal with details of Trump’s pressure on Pence, who refused to go together with the plan.

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“We predict it is time that we, in some unspecified time in the future, invite her [Ginni Thomas] to return talk over with the committee,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chair, to reporters, shortly before the scheduled start of that hearing.

Thompson said that the planned invitation is predicated on “information we now have come upon.” He later said that the invitation to Thomas might be issued in the following few weeks.

Asked if the panel would subpoena Thomas if she refused to voluntarily testify, Thompson said, “Well, we’ll see what happens. And we’ll go from there.”

An aide to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one in every of just two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, said Cheney also agrees that it’s time for Ginni Thomas to be interviewed by the panel.

Cheney reportedly previously had leaned against calling in Ginni Thomas to testify.

The Washington Post, citing people involved within the panel’s probe, said that Thomas’ involvement within the bid to reverse Trump’s loss were more extensive than had been previously known.

The Latest York Times individually reported that Eastman had told one other pro-Trump lawyer and Trump campaign officials on Dec. 24, 2020, claimed to pay attention to a “heated fight” amongst Supreme Court justices over whether that court should consider cases involving Trump’s bid to overturn election leads to several key states.

Eastman previously served as a Supreme Court clerk to Justice Thomas.

A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for comment.

CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this text.

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