WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the House of Representatives committee are investigating the Uprising in the Capitol said Sunday they may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence and are waiting to hear from him Virginia “Ginny” Thomasthe wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on her role in the illegal conspiracy to overthrow the 2020 election.
Lawmakers announced they will release more evidence about Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to defraud supporters by collecting false claims about a stolen presidential election. They also pledged to provide the Justice Department with relevant material for its criminal investigation by the end of the month. That Department complained in a letter last week that the committee was complicating its investigation by not sharing transcripts of its 1,000 interviews.
“We are not taking anything off the table regarding witnesses who have not yet testified,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, who called a subpoena from Pence “certainly a possibility.”
“I think we’d still like to put several high-profile people before our committee,” said Schiff, D-Calif.
For example, the committee was able to document most of Trump’s end of his call to Pence on the morning of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, when the then-President made his final request to Pence to stop Joe Biden’s certification of victory, as Pence did the count of the Electoral College presided over Congress. Members have yet to directly document what Pence said in response.
The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., recently said the committee is still “in touch” with Pence’s attorneys, while suggesting it may not be necessary for him to be questioned about the testimonies of many of his closest associates by Pence appears.
Committee members also hope to learn more about Ginni Thomas’ own efforts to keep Trump in office and the potential conflicts of interest her husband faces as a result of the Jan. 6 cases being heard in the Supreme Court.
Republican Rep. Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House Speaker, is scheduled to testify at Tuesday’s committee hearing, which will focus on state officials who have been contacted by Trump and the White House as Trump sought to overturn the findings. Bowers is likely being asked about emails he received from Thomas urging him and other state officials to put aside Biden’s 2020 victory and pick their own constituents.
“We have questions for her and we may have questions for him as well,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Thomas has publicly hinted that she ‘can’t wait’ to appear before the committee after receiving their written application last week.
In addition to emailing Arizona officials, Thomas, who attended a rally Trump held in the Capitol just before the riot, had also written to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks following the election, telling him encouraged to work to topple Biden’s victory. Emails recently obtained by the committee also show that Thomas had email communications with John Eastman, the attorney who played a key role on Trump’s behalf in efforts to pressure Pence to vote tip.
“One of the things I think the committee will be interested in is whether this was discussed with Judge Thomas, as he was ruling on cases that affected whether we would receive some of this information,” Schiff said.
Last January, Thomas was the only member of the court to support a motion by Trump to withhold documents before the Jan. 6 committee.
Lofgren said the committee will release additional evidence it has gathered about the “big rip-off,” in which the committee accuses Trump of fundraising fraud by making a false claim that the election was stolen.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said the public will eventually have a clear picture of an “oath failure” from Trump.
“I think what we are presenting to the American people would certainly reach the level of a president’s criminal involvement,” he said.
Kinzinger also said that he and his family received threats because of his role on the committee. He spoke of his concern that “there will be violence in the future. … And until we get a handle on telling people the truth, we can expect nothing less.”
Schiff appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, Lofgren was on CBS’s Face the Nation, and Kinzinger spoke on ABC’s This Week.
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