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The House January 6th committee wants to bring in Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for an interview – following revelations of her explosive messages to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The Washington Post reported last week that Thomas, known as Ginni, had repeatedly texted with Meadows as she urged him to press on with Trump’s election overturn effort.
This included a Nov. 10th text where she called Joe Biden’s election win ‘the greatest Heist of our History.’
CNN reported Monday that both panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) believe the panel should interview her, CNN reported. The Washington Post also reported on its plans to interview the wife of the longest-sitting justice on the court.
Both publications reported the panel ‘will seek an interview’ — a phrasing that stops short of a legal threat.
SEEKING INTERVIEW: The House Jan. 6th Committee wants to talk with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
An invitation would stop short of a subpoena – a tool the committee has used on key witnesses who have refused to cooperate.
On Monday the Jan. 6th Committee plans to meet to hold two former Trump White House aides, Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro, in contempt of Congress for their failures to appear.
A committee report released said of Scavino, a longtime Trump aide who ran Trump’s Twitter account and advised the candidate in his 2016 campaign and joined the White House staff: ‘He separately promoted activities designed to advance Mr. Trump’s success as a presidential candidate. He continued to do so after the 2020 election, promoting activities designed to reverse the outcome of a lost election.’
The committee is probing the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, which took place as lawmakers were poised to certify the 2020 election.
Thomas’ conservative activism has at times earned ethical scrutiny for her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas echoed QAnon conspiracy theories and tore into GOP lawmakers who did not support Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in at least 29 text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a new report reveals
Democrats including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have called on Justice Thomas to recuse from Jan. 6th case matters in light of the texts
The House Jan. 6th Committee votes to hold two more officials in contempt on Monday
The committee continues to seek information as it probes the Jan. 6th Capitol riot
Thomas’ texts with Meadows were made public last week in a separate Washington Post/CBS report. Thomas is active in conservative circles and earlier this month said in a separate media interview that she had attended Trump’s rally hours before the Capitol riot.
In a series of 29 messages to Meadows following Trump’s loss, Thomas repeatedly asked Meadows to work to overturn the election results.
Representatives for the panel could not immediately be reached to confirm the reported request for an interview.
Its members are schedule to meet at 7:30 p.m. In a report released on Sunday night, lawmakers also said they would seek to hold Trump’s former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and his former White House deputy chief of staff Daniel Scavino in contempt for not complying with subpoenas.
Representatives for Ginni Thomas could not immediately be reached. Representatives for Clarence Thomas and the Supreme Court also could not immediately be reached.
Thomas, who the court said was hospitalized last week for an infection, was the lone dissenting voice in January when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Trump’s request to block the release of White House records sought by the congressional panel.
The committee will vote Monday on holding former Trump White House aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress
Some lawmakers have been calling for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from matters involving the 2024 election or the fight for Trump documents, after her failure to recuse from the most recent ruling.
The texts, which may not represent the entire universe of her communications with Meadows, show Ginni Thomas to be embracing hard-line tactics and conspiracy theories, and boosting the ‘Kraken’ lawsuits claiming election fraud that were tossed out of court.
‘Mark (don’t want to wake you) … Sounds like Sidney and her team are getting inundated with evidence of fraud. Make a plan. Release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down,’ she wrote in one Nov. 19th, 2020 message, in reference to lawyer Sidney Powell.
The texts suggest Thomas even had a hand in crafting Powell’s message — and that she pushed that message to more members of the Trump White House than just Meadows.
‘Just forwarded to yr gmail an email I sent Jared this am. Sidney Powell & improved coordination now will help the cavalry come and Fraud exposed and America saved,’ Thomas reportedly wrote to Meadows on November 13.
That could be a reference to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
She also called for Powell to be ‘the lead and the face’ of Trump’s legal effort.
Meadows tried to console her in one Nov. 24 message.
‘Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it,’ Meadows wrote.
Thomas replied: ‘Thank you!! Needed that! This plus a conversation with my best friend just now… I will try to keep holding on. America is worth it!’
She also fumed at former Vice President Mike Pence, who Trump was demanding refuse to count votes certified by states.
‘Most of us are disgusted with the VP and are in listening mode to see where to fight with our teams. Those who attacked the Capitol are not representative of our great teams of patriots for DJT!!’ she wrote Meadows after the election.