Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and conservative activist, appeared Thursday for a voluntary interview with the House Jan. 6 Committee.
The group has sought interviews for months in an effort to learn more about Thomas’ role in helping Donald Trump reverse Joe Biden’s election loss.
He texted Trump’s White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election.
Thomas did not answer questions when he was interviewed or went on a short break. But Thomas told reporters he was waiting to answer questions from members of the committee.
At the end of the committee’s work, Thomas’ testimony was one of the materials left for the committee. The committee has interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and testified in eight public hearings.
Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paletta, said last week that Thomas was “anxious to answer the panel’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about his work regarding the 2020 election.”
The extent of his involvement in the capital attack is unclear. A few days after Biden’s presidential bid, Thomas emailed two lawmakers in Arizona urging them to elect “a clean electorate” and “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure.”
The AP obtained the emails earlier this year under the state’s open records law.
Thomas said in interviews that he attended a pro-Trump rally near the White House on the morning of January 6, 2021, but left before Trump could speak and people stormed the Capitol.
Thomas has repeatedly maintained that her political activities do not conflict with her husband’s work.
“Like many married couples, we share many ideals, ideals and aspirations for America,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in March.
“But we have our own separate careers and our own ideas and opinions. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in mine.
Justice Thomas was the only dissenting voice when the Supreme Court ruled in January that a congressional committee should have access to presidential diaries, audience records, speech drafts and handwritten notes related to the events of January 6.
Ginny Thomas has been openly critical of the committee’s work, including signing a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Illinois’ Adam Kinchinger for joining the committee on January 6.
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