The January 6th Committee has previously made it clear that, ideally, they’d like to hear from Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, regarding her role in the efforts to subvert to 2020 election confirmation. Now, they say, they’re actively in talks with her legal counsel, and hope she will voluntarily give testimony — but if she won’t, they’ll move to force it.
Ginni Thomas has said that she was at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, for rallies, but left early. However, it’s not the mob attack that the House Select Committee would like to speak to her about — they have text messages she sent to Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, regarding the plans for that day.
Speaking Sunday morning, Representative Liz Cheney said that the panel is in contact with Thomas’ legal representation, and that they’re working to reach a deal by which she would testify willingly.
"The committee is fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena."@RepLizCheney says Jan. 6 committee will consider subpoenaing Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, because of messages sent to Mark Meadows about 2020 election results. @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/uVsVDAvXtv
— CNN (@CNN) July 24, 2022
“The committee is engaged with her counsel. We certainly hope she will agree to come in voluntarily but the committee is fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena if she does not. I hope it doesn’t get to that. I hope she will come in voluntarily…It’s very important for us to speak with her, and as I said, I hope she will agree to do so voluntarily.”
This announcement closely follows the conviction of Steve Bannon on charges of contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena issued to him — the first hard confirmation there has been of the actual enforcement power of this panel’s subpoenas.
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