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Jan 6 panel wants to hear from Ginni Thomas, says Chair

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives committee investigating January 6, 2021, Uprising on the Capitol will seek an interview with Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the panel’s chair said Thursday.

Thomas, a conservative activist, communicated with people close to President Donald Trump before the attack and also on the day of the riot, when hundreds of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol, disrupting confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel’s Democratic chair, said “it’s time for her to speak to the committee” after investigators discovered information relating to Thomas — known as Ginni — in notices sent they received in relation to one of Trump’s attorneys, John Eastman. Eastman advised Trump in the weeks and days leading up to the attack, as the president urged Vice President Mike Pence to try to contradict or delay Biden’s Jan. 6 certification.

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Thompson did not specify a time or schedule for an interview. He said her name could also come up at some point in the panel’s hearings, which are taking place in June.

The emails between Eastman and Thomas were first reported by the Washington Post.

It’s not the first time members of the panel have said they want to speak to Thomas. In March, lawmakers on the committee said they were considering inviting her for a witness interview via text message with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the day of the attack. But she still hasn’t spoken to the panel.

Judge Thomas was the only member of the Supreme Court who voted against the court’s order allowing the Jan. 6 committee to obtain Trump records held by the National Archives and Records Administration. The court voted in January to allow the committee to receive the documents.

The court did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the judiciary on Thursday. ___

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Associated Press writer Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

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