Virginia Thomas on the Jan. 6 panel interview

The committee has requested an interview with Thomas to learn more about her role in trying to help former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat.

WASHINGTON — Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to attend a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot, her attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Mark Paoletta said Thomas was “eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misunderstandings about her work related to the 2020 election.”

The committee has requested an interview with Thomas to learn more about her role in trying to help former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. In the weeks after the election and before the riot, she texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin.

Thomas’ willingness to testify comes as the committee prepares to complete its work before the end of the year and write a final report setting out its findings on the US Capitol riot. The panel announced on Wednesday that it will reconvene for a September 28 hearing, likely the latest in a series of hearings that began this summer.

The testimony of Thomas – known as Ginni – was one of the remaining items for the panel as they eye the completion of their work. The panel has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and shown some of these video testimonies at its eight summer hearings.

The extent of Thomas’ involvement before the Capitol attack is unknown. She has said in interviews that she attended the first pro-Trump rally on the morning of January 6 but left before Trump spoke and the crowd headed to the Capitol.

Thomas, a Trump supporter who has long been involved with conservative causes, has repeatedly claimed that her political activities do not pose a conflict of interest with her husband’s work. Judge Thomas was the only dissenter when the Supreme Court ruled in January to grant a congressional committee access to diaries, visitor transcripts, draft speeches and handwritten notes on the January 6 events.

It’s unclear whether next week’s hearing will provide a general overview of what the panel has learned, or whether it will focus on new information and evidence, such as evidence presented by Thomas. The committee conducted several interviews in late July and into August with Trump’s cabinet secretaries, some of whom had discussed invoking the 25th Amendment constitutional process to remove Trump from office after the uprising.

Wyoming Assemblyman Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chair, said at the panel’s last hearing in July that the committee “has far more evidence to share with the American people and more to gather.”

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Laura Coffey

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