Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to sit for an interview before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, her lawyer said late Wednesday.
Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, said in a statement first reported by CNN that Thomas is “eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”
The development came after the select committee announced that it will hold what will likely be the final public hearing on Sept. 28 after eight sessions this summer as it looks to wrap up its investigation and draft a report of its findings by year’s end.
For months, the committee has sought the testimony of Thomas, whose texts with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reveal she encouraged efforts to keep President Joe Biden from taking office, while more recent reporting has revealed that she also contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin – two states where the results were particularly close – about the issue in the weeks following the election.
In a letter asking Thomas to interview with the panel in June, the select committee wrote that it was “specifically investigating the activities of President Trump, John Eastman and others as they relate to the Constitution and certain other laws, including the Electoral Count Act.”
It remains unclear whether the committee will conduct an interview ahead of next week’s hearing, which will reportedly feature new details pertaining to former Vice President Mike Pence, or whether those details would be shared with the public. The committee also conducted interviews since its last public hearing with members of the former president’s Cabinet, which could point to emerging details about the prospect of invoking the 25th Amendment at the time – to remove the president from office.