Ginni Thomas will meet with House Jan. 6 committee, lawyer says
Gene Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will participate in a “voluntary meeting” with the House committee investigating the case. January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, her lawyer confirmed Wednesday.The news comes after the committee announced it would hold a public hearing on September 28 at 1 p.m.
“As she has said from the outset, Mrs Thomas is eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misunderstandings about her work related to the 2020 election,” Thomas’ attorney, Mark Pauletta, said in a statement on Wednesday. “She was looking forward to this opportunity.”
News of Thomas’ participation was first reported by CNN.
Committee asks conservative activist Thomas to voluntarily appear before panel after learning of it she corresponds Working with conservative lawyer John Eastman, he helped develop a legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally give up state electoral votes.
Thomas also emailed at least two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers days after the presidential election, urging them to nominate another presidential electoral list in support of former President Donald Trump. also, Thomas communicates via text message In the days following the 2020 election, former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows urged him to overturn the results.
Committee Chairman Rep. Benny Thompson told CBS News on Monday that the committee is still debating whether to provide witnesses at the Sept. 28 hearing.
“We have collected a lot of information over the past year that has not been shown to the public,” Thompson said. “We believe this information alone is sufficient to hold a hearing.”
Committee met Series of public hearings Earlier this summer, it combined never-before-seen footage from Jan. 6, video testimony from some in Trump’s inner circle, and eyewitness testimony.
The hearing sought to link Trump to the coordination of the attack and to illuminate a plan he and members of his inner circle devised to overturn the 2020 election result.
Thompson said earlier this month The committee plans to put together an interim report two weeks after the proposed hearing at the end of September, in mid-October, and will complete the report by the end of the year.
That will get them through November’s midterm elections, along with the two Republicans on the committee, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinsingerboth will leave Congress in January. Cheney loses Republican primary A challenger to Trump’s support in Wyoming. Jin Qingge decided not to run for re-election.
If Republicans take control of the House in January, the select committee is expected to be disbanded. While Republicans are entitled to five members on an otherwise 12-member committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the two suggested by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy because they voted to overturn the election result One of 139 House Republicans. January 6th. therefore, McCarthy refuses to let more Republicans On the committee, Pelosi asked Cheney and Kinsinger — one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump — to eventually become a nine-member group of seven Democrats and two Republicans committee.
Since its establishment last year, the commission has issued more than 100 subpoenas and reviewed hundreds of documents related to the attacks.
Since the last hearing on July 16, the committee said it has Conversation with the Department of Justice About a plan allegedly orchestrated by Trump’s allies to propose alternate electors backing him in seven battleground states won by President Joe Biden.
Federal jury finds former Trump strategist on July 22 Steve Bannon charged with two counts of criminal contempt of court Refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before the committee on January 6. He faces up to two years in prison. Bannon said he respected Trump’s question of executive privilege, even though Kristin Amerlin, one of two witnesses called by prosecutors, said the committee never received Trump’s request for an obstacle to removing Bannon. notice that the Commission will not admit such claims in any event.
Rep. Jamie Ruskin, committee member, told “Face the Nation” earlier this month The committee still wants Pence to appear before the panel voluntarily.Part of the committee’s public hearing focused on Trump and his allies trying to pressure Pence The Jan. 6 Electoral College vote was rejected during a joint session of Congress.
“Vice President Pence was the target of Donald Trump’s wrath and fury and was trying to overturn the election on January 6. The whole idea was to get Pence out of his constitutional role and then declare unilateral lawless power to deny the Electoral College vote From America,” Ruskin said.
Pence ultimately rejected those efforts, and Mr Biden emerges as a winner The 2020 election after 3:40am on January 7. Pence speaks at a political event in New Hampshire In August, he “considered” testifying before the committee.
The committee also formally Asking former House Speaker Newt GingrichAlso an adviser to Trump, talking to them. The committee cited emails he allegedly exchanged with Trump’s top advisers, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller. “Evidence shows that Mr. Gingrich released messages designed to incite voter anger even after Georgia election officials faced intimidation and threats of violence,” the committee said in asking Gingrich to appear in court.
Committee’s June 21 Public Hearing Review Threats to state and local election officials, including in Georgia. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has opened a criminal investigation into whether Trump and his allies interfered in Georgia’s 2020 election. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, Testified before Fulton County grand jury for six hours August is tied to that investigation.
Ellis Kim contributed to this report.