The House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol building — as well as attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election results — may subpoena Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a far right activist and the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice.
Vice chair of the committee is Rep. Liz Cheney (R.Wyoming). discussed the committee’s next moves during CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday.
In June the committee asked Thomas to appear before them voluntarilyAfter evidence surfaced, it was revealed that she had spoken with John Eastman, Trump’s lawyer, about her plot to overturn the election results through the use fake electors. At the time, Thomas said that she “look[ed] forward” to speaking with the committee, but since then, she has not taken any action to indicate that she will testify. Her lawyer has also expressed reluctance to have his client cooperate, stating in a letter to the committee late last month that he did not understand why the panel had any “need to speak” with Thomas.
Cheney maintained that talks between the committee and Thomas’s lawyer are ongoing. “We certainly hope that she will agree to come in voluntarily,” Cheney said, “but the committee is fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena if she does not.”
“I hope it doesn’t get to that,” Cheney added.
Cheney on Ginni. “We certainly hope she will come in voluntary, but the committee can still consider subpoenas if she does not.” pic.twitter.com/diifMS8LS4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2022
Although the January 6th committee held what was supposed be its last public hearing last week The committee has indicated that it has now established an indefinite timeline for its workAccording to him, evidence continues to be presented and that it is becoming more evident additional public hearings may be convenedIn the future.
Thomas is likely to be asked about communications other than her correspondence with Eastman by the committee. She may also want to inquire about Eastman’s communications. Thomas sent a number of texts to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him not to give up on Trump’s office after President Joe Biden was declared to be the official winner of 2020.
Thomas asked Meadows to “release the Kraken” — a reference to an unfounded set of allegations from Trump-aligned lawyers of supposed evidence of voter fraud — and to “save us from the left taking America down.”
Thomas also reached out to dozens of Arizona legislators, asking them to overturn Biden’s win in the state by having the legislature choose electors for the Electoral College instead, a move that would illegally disregard the will of the people.
“The wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice was very much a part of the seditious conspiracy,” Democratic strategist Sawyer Hackett said when that information was made public.
Notably, Thomas’s husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was the lone dissenter in a case regarding whether or not Trump’s presidential records should be shared with the January 6 committee; Thomas alone Voted in favor of excluding the committee from seeing the records. Many have denounced his involvement in the case as a conflict of interest due to the high likelihood that his wife’s correspondences with Trump officials would be included in the documents.