The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack plans to testify against conservative activist Ginny Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas, the group’s chairman said Thursday.
Why it matters: The decision comes after a public and private uproar among committee members in recent weeks over the significance of Thomas’ role on January 6 and former President Trump’s attempts to thwart the election.
Enabling message: Emails received by the committee reveal a correspondence between Thomas and legal scholar John Eastman, a key figure in former President Trump’s efforts to thwart the 2020 election. The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
- Other emails, The New York Times reportsEastman sent a message to a pro-Trump lawyer claiming that there was intelligence about a “hot fight” between Supreme Court judges over whether to investigate the election case.
What they say: “We think, at some point, it’s time to invite her over to talk to the group, ”Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) Told Axios.
- Commenting on the panel’s justification, Thompson said, “We found that in Eastman [emails] Some information referring to Ginny Thomas said, “But she declined to go into further details about what would be asked of her.
- When asked when the invitation would leave, Thompson said, “Soon.”
What’s next: The panel’s hearing is set for Thursday Focus on Trump’s efforts to put pressure on former Vice President Mike Pence Based on the theory put forward by Eastman, unilateral rejection of voters.
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