By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, her attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Mark Paoletta said Thomas is “eager to answer questions from the committee to clear up any misconceptions about his work related to the 2020 election.”
The committee has for months sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to learn more about his role in trying to help former President Donald Trump reverse his electoral loss. He texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election.
Thomas’s willingness to testify comes as the committee prepares to wrap up its work before the end of the year and is writing a final report presenting its findings on the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The panel announced Wednesday that it will return to meet for a hearing on September 28, likely the latest in a series of hearings that began this summer.
Testimony from Thomas, known as Ginni, was one of the remaining items for the panel as it contemplates the completion of its work. The panel has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and showed some of that testimony on video at its eight hearings over the summer.
The extent of Thomas’s involvement prior to the attack on the Capitol is unknown. In the days after The Associated Press and other news organizations called Biden’s presidential election, Thomas emailed two Arizona lawmakers urging them to choose “a blank list of voters” and “stand firm in the face of political pressure.” politics and the media. The AP obtained the emails earlier this year under the state’s open records law.
He has said in interviews that he attended the initial pro-Trump rally on the morning of Jan. 6, but left before Trump spoke and the crowd made its way to Capitol Hill.
Thomas, a longtime Trump supporter active in conservative causes, has repeatedly maintained that her political activities pose no conflict of interest with her husband’s work.
“Like many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America. But we have our own separate careers and our own ideas and opinions as well. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me and I don’t involve him in my work,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview published in March.
Justice Thomas was the only dissenting voice when the Supreme Court ruled in January to allow a congressional committee access to presidential diaries, visitor logs, draft speeches and handwritten notes related to the events of January 6.
Ginni Thomas has been an outspoken critic of the committee’s work, including signing a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the Republican conference for joining the congressional committee on January 6th.
CNN first reported that Thomas agreed to the interview.
It’s unclear whether next week’s committee hearing will provide an overview of what the panel has learned or focus on new information and evidence, such as any evidence provided by Thomas. The committee also conducted several interviews in late July and August with Trump’s cabinet secretaries, some of whom had discussed invoking the constitutional process in the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office after the insurrection.
Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chair, said at the panel’s most recent hearing in July that the committee “has much more evidence to share with the American people and more to collect.”
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