Washington — The House select committee investigating themet in person Thursday with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Thomas was seen by reporters arriving at a House office where panel investigators had been meeting during their investigation and told those gathered, “Thank you for being here.”
Asked if she had spoken to her husband about her belief that the 2020 election was stolen, Thomas replied, “Thank you for your question. I look forward to answering questions from members.”
He appeared for more than four hours, interspersed with short breaks, and Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House select committee, told reporters that Thomas answered “some questions.”
“It’s a work in progress,” he said as the meeting drew to a close. “At this point, we’re glad she came.”
Thompson said that if Thomas provides the committee’s investigators with “something of merit,” it will be included in the panel’s next public hearing. He also reiterated during the interview that he still believes the 2020 presidential election was stolen, Thompson said.
Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin did not elaborate on the meeting, but told reporters afterward that “Donald Trump and his closest supporters continue to advance the outright lie that he won the election, and they are still promoting the great lie”. He did not say whether Thomas fits into that group.
Mark Paoletta, Thomas’ attorney, said in a statement that he was “happy to cooperate with the committee in clearing up misconceptions about his activities surrounding the 2020 election” and answered “all” of the committee’s questions.
“As she has said from the beginning, Ms. Thomas had significant concerns about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election. And, as she told the Committee, her primary and minimum activity was focused on ensuring reports of fraud were investigated. and irregularities”. he said. “Beyond that, he played no role in any events following the 2020 election results. As he texted Mark Meadows at the time, he also condemned the January 6 violence as he abhors violence on either side of the aisle. ”
The committee asked Thomas to voluntarily appear before the panel after learning thatwith John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who helped devise the legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally scrap state electoral votes.
Thomas also sent emails to at least two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers days after the presidential election, pressing them to name an alternate list of presidential electors to endorse former President Donald Trump. Ywith Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the days after the 2020 election, urging him to overturn the election results.
Paoletta confirmed about a week ago that she would participate in a “voluntary meeting” with the committee, saying in a statement that Thomas was “eager to answer questions from the committee to clear up any misconceptions about his work related to the 2020 election.”
The select committee was scheduled to hold a hearing a day ago, on Wednesday, butbecause . A new date has not yet been set, according to Thompson, and the House is expected to go into recess at the end of the week.
Thompsonthat the committee plans to produce an interim report in mid-October and will finalize the report before the end of the year, after the midterm elections in November. The two Republicans on the committee, Y both will leave Congress in January. in Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger, and Kinzinger opted not to run for re-election. Another member, Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, faces a tough re-election battle against Republican state Sen. Jen Kiggans.
Zak Hudak and Ellis Kim contributed to this report.