Virginia Thomas agrees to interview with Jan. 6 panel

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Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with a House panel investigating the January 6 uprising, her attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Mark Pauletta said Thomas “looks forward to answering the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about his work relating to the 2020 election.”

The committee has sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to learn more about his role in helping former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. She texted with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks following the election and before the rebellion.

Thomas’ willingness to testify comes as the committee prepares to complete its work before the end of the year and write a final report presenting its findings about the US Capitol uprising. The panel announced Wednesday that it would reconvene for a hearing on September 28, possibly the last in a series of hearings that began this summer.

The testimony of Thomas – known as Ginny – was one of the remaining items for the panel as it oversees the completion of its work. The panel has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and screened some of that video testimony in its eight hearings over the summer.

The extent of Thomas’ involvement prior to the Capitol attack is unknown. She has said in interviews that she attended an initial pro-Trump rally on the morning of January 6, but before Trump could speak, the crowd left for the Capitol.

Thomas, a longtime active Trump supporter in conservative causes, has repeatedly stated that her political activities did not conflict with her husband’s work. Justice Thomas alone was the voice of dissent when the Supreme Court ruled in January to allow a congressional committee access to the president’s diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes relating to the events of January 6.

It is unclear whether next week’s hearing panel will provide a general overview of what it has learned or whether it will focus on new information and evidence in the form of any evidence provided by Thomas. The committee conducted several interviews with Trump’s cabinet secretaries in late July and August, some of which discussed implementing the constitutional process to remove Trump from office following the rebellion in the 25th Amendment.

The committee’s Republican vice president, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, said at the panel’s most recent hearing in July that the committee has “more evidence to gather and more to share with the American people.”

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