The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has reached an agreement with Ginni Thomas to be interviewed in the coming weeks, a source close to the House panel said Wednesday.
Emails, records and reporting indicate that Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was involved in some aspects of a scheme involving “fake electors” after the 2020 election and was also in touch with Trump lawyer John Eastman about his strategies to overturn the election results.
CNN first reported the planned meeting with Thomas, which comes after weeks of back and forth and a letter asking her to speak with the panel.
“As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election,” Thomas’ lawyer Mark Paoletta said in a statement Wednesday. “She looks forward to that opportunity.”
The committee asked Thomas to appear voluntarily before the panel after it learned thatwith John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who helped come up with the legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally toss out state electoral votes.
Thomas also sent emails to at least two Wisconsin Republican legislators days after the presidential election, pushing them to name an alternate slate of presidential electors to back former President Donald Trump. Additionally,with former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in the days following the 2020 election, urging him to overturn the election results.
Thomas initially seemed eager to appear before the committee, saying she couldn’t wait to “clear up misconceptions.” However, her attorney later said he didn’t see a need for her to testify and asked for “better justification.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the panel’s vice chairwoman, threatened to subpoena Thomas in July if she chose not to appear before the committee voluntarily.