The January 6 committee chair said the panel will meet with Ginni Thomas this week


Washington
CNN

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol will interview Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative activist, “this week,” the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told CNN. Wednesday

Thomas’ lawyer, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the voluntary interview in a statement last week, saying: “As she has said from the beginning, Ms. Thomas is eager to answer the Commission’s questions to clarify misconceptions about the work of the 2020 election. She looks forward to that opportunity.”

Members of the panel have long said they are interested in speaking with Thomas, especially after CNN reported on text messages exchanged between Trump White House insider Mark Meadows before Jan. 6 about nullifying the election.

But in the months after those messages emerged, there was little indication that forcing him to testify was the panel’s top priority, even as Thomas later encouraged lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin to overturn Joe Biden’s legitimate electoral victory.

Thomas attended the rally before the attack on the US Capitol, she said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, where she insisted that her and her husband’s professional lives are kept separate. He also said he left the rally before the protesters turned violent.

He has also publicly criticized the Jan. 6 House investigation, calling House GOP leaders out of his conference and the two Republicans serving on the select committee.

Thompson also told CNN that the panel had not yet rescheduled its next hearing after it was postponed due to Hurricane Ian on Wednesday. The Mississippi Democrat said he doubts the hearing will take place next week.