Conservative activist Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to sit for a voluntary interview with the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, her attorney confirmed to Axios on Wednesday.
Why it matters: The texts, obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News, show she played an active role in encouraging then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to take steps to help overturn the results of the 2020 election. She said, that she attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly riot at the Capitol, but left before the riot.
News Movement: “As she has said from the beginning, Ms. Thomas is eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work related to the 2020 election,” attorney Mark Paoletta said in a statement.
- “She’s looking forward to this opportunity.”
- CNN first reported the news.
The big picture: The committee decided to seek testimony from Thomas after it emerged that she had been in contact with John Eastman, a lawyer behind some of Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.
- There have been many reports of Thomas trying to help, including emails obtained by the Post outlining her push for Arizona lawmakers to reverse former President Trump’s loss in the state.
- In June, Paoletta wrote a letter to the commission questioning the grounds for an interview. He said the emails with Eastman were of little relevance to the investigation and that Thomas’ messages to Meadows reflected the act of “simply texting with a friend” in her “personal capacity as a private citizen.”
It is worth noting: The revelations led to calls for Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases related to the investigation into the January 6 Capitol riots.
- Twenty-two Democrats later sent him and Chief Justice John Roberts a letter demanding answers about “potential conflicts” and calling for ethics reform.
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