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Ginni Thomas will meet with committee Jan. 6, lawyer says

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Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will participate in a “voluntary meeting” with the House committee investigating the case. January 6 attack on the US Capitolher lawyer confirmed on Wednesday. The news came on the heels of the committee that announced it will hold a public hearing on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.

“As she has said from the outset, Ms Thomas is eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work regarding the 2020 election,” Thomas’ attorney Mark Paoletta said in a statement on Wednesday. . “She’s looking forward to that opportunity.”

News of Thomas’ participation was first reported by CNN.

The committee asked Thomas, a conservative activist, to appear voluntarily before the panel after learning that she corresponded with John Eastman, a conservative attorney who helped devise the legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally evict the state’s electoral votes.

Thomas also sent emails to at least two Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin days after the presidential election, urging an alternate list of presidential elections to be named to support former President Donald Trump. Additionally, Thomas corresponded via text message with former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in the days following the 2020 election, urging him to reverse the election results.

Virginia Thomas
Virginia Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Feb. 23, 2017.

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Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee chair, told CBS News on Monday that the committee is still discussing whether there should be witnesses at the September 28 hearing.

“We have a lot of information that we’ve gathered over the past year that we haven’t shown to the public. And we believe that information in itself is important enough for a hearing,” Thompson said.

The committee held a series of public hearings earlier this summer, that combined never-before-seen footage from Jan. 6, video testimonials from some people who were in Trump’s inner circle, and personal witness statements.

The hearings sought to tie Trump to coordinating the attack and shed light on plans devised by him and members of his inner circle to nullify the 2020 election results.

Thompson said earlier this month: that the committee plans to prepare an interim report two weeks after the proposed hearing in late September, mid-October, and finalize the report before the end of the year.

That would take them past the November midterm elections, and the committee’s two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzingerboth will leave Congress in January. Cheney lost the Republican primary in Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger. Kinzinger decided not to stand for re-election.

If Republicans take control of the House in January, the select committee is expected to be dissolved. While Republicans were entitled to five members on what was intended to be a 12-person committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s proposed members, as they were among the 139 House Republicans who voted to undo the election results on 6. . As a result, McCarthy declined to post any more Republicans on the committee, with Pelosi asking Cheney and Kinzinger — who were among the 10 House GOP members who voted to impeach Trump — to be part of what ended up being a 9-person committee made up of seven Democrats and the two Republicans.

Since its inception last year, the commission has issued more than 100 subpoenas and reviewed hundreds of documents related to the attack.

Since the last hearing was held on July 16, the committee said they talks with the Ministry of Justice on a plan allegedly devised by Trump’s allies to push forward alternative voters who support him in seven battlefield states that President Joe Biden has won.

On July 22, a federal jury found the former Trump strategist Steve Bannon guilty of two counts of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear before the Jan. 6 committee. He faces up to two years in prison. Bannon has said he honored Trump’s concerns about administrative law, although Kristin Amerling, one of the two witnesses called by prosecutors, said the commission never received notice from Trump about this obstacle to Bannon’s impeachment. and that the commission would not have recognized such a request. claim anyway.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the committee, told “Face the Nation” earlier this month that the committee still hopes Pence will appear before the panel voluntarily. The commission’s public hearings focused in part on Trump and his allies. trying to pressure Pence to reject the votes of the Electoral College on Jan. 6 at the joint session of Congress.

Vice President Pence was the target of Donald Trump’s fury and wrath and the attempt to overthrow the January 6 election. The whole idea was to get Pence to step outside of his constitutional role and then unilaterally exercise lawless powers. declare to deny electoral college votes from the states,” Raskin said.

Pence eventually turned those efforts down and Hammered into Mr. Biden as the winner of the 2020 elections after 3:40 a.m. on January 7. Pence said at a political event in New Hampshire: in August that he would “consider” testifying before the committee.

The committee has also formally requested that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was also an adviser to Trump, talk to them. The committee cited emails he reportedly exchanged with Trump’s senior advisers, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller. “There is evidence that Mr. Gingrich was spreading messages intended to incite voter anger, even after election officials in Georgia faced intimidation and threats of violence,” the committee said in its request to appear.

from the Commission public hearing on June 21 under investigation threats against state and local election officials, including in Georgia. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has launched a criminal investigation into whether Trump and his allies interfered in the 2020 Georgia election. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, testified for six hours before a grand jury in Fulton County in August in connection with that investigation.

Ellis Kim contributed to this report.

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