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Jan 6th Committee Sets Its Sights on Mike Pence and Ginni Thomas For Witness Testimony

Jan 6th Committee Sets Its Sights on Mike Pence and Ginni Thomas For Witness Testimony

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Members of the January 6th House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence and are waiting to hear from Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about her role in the illegal plot to overturn the 2020 election. “We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified,” said Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who described a Pence subpoena as “certainly a possibility.”

The panel has indicated they will release more evidence about Donald Trump’s alleged effort to defraud supporters by fundraising off false claims of a stolen presidential election. They also pledged to provide pertinent material to the Justice Department by the end of the month for its criminal investigation. The department complained in a letter last week that the committee was complicating its investigation by not sharing transcripts from its 1,000 interviews.

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Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said the Committee was still “engaging” with Pence’s lawyers, while also suggesting it may not be necessary for him to appear because of testimony from many of Pence’s closest aides. But Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who described a Pence subpoena as “certainly a possibility,” said there may be more subpoenas to come before the televised hearings are over. “We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified,” Rep. Schiff said on Sunday.

Committee members also hope to learn more about Ginni Thomas’ own effort to keep Trump in office and the potential conflicts of interest posed on her husband as a result of the January 6th cases that have come before the Supreme Court.

Along with emailing Arizona officials, Ginni Thomas attended the rally Trump held just before the Capitol riot and also had written to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the weeks after the election encouraging him to work to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Emails recently obtained by the committee also show Thomas had email communications with John Eastman, the lawyer who played a key role on behalf of Trump in efforts to pressure Pence to overturn the election.

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