Ginni Thomas, the wife of hardline conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who played a key role in the bid to overturn the 2020 election, now faces the threat of a subpoena to force she must testify first Committee of January 6.
During a Sunday morning television appearance on CNN’s State of the Union shows that Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) told host Jake Tapper that the committee’s continued negotiations with the conspiracy theorist’s attorney were well connected with the effort to have her testify about the conspiracy. his role in the uprising.
Cheney said “the committee engaged with her advice” and had been trying to get her to appear for weeks.
“I certainly hope she will voluntarily do so,” she said. “But the committee is fully prepared to consider the subpoena if she doesn’t.”
Her attorney did not respond to a request for comment Sunday morning.
The committee sent her an interview request in a letter dated June 16 but it was Completely rejected by her attorney in a official reply on June 28 signed by her attorney, Mark R. Paoletta. In her response, Paoletta told the committee “there are no stories to explore here” and questioned the commission’s mandate by circling her own evidence as a former regulatory attorney. the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he worked on nearly 200 investigations. hearings for more than a decade.
Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, has come under scrutiny for how she single-handedly pressed Arizona lawmakers to keep former President Donald Trump in power.
Thomas sent an email about the coup plot to John Eastman, the grotesque conservative lawyer who developed a dubious plan to reverse Joe Biden’s presidential victory by having Trump loyalists in Congress simply refuse to certify the electoral votes. trio. And she also texted with Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, about her erroneous belief that “the Biden crime family and accomplices in ballot fraud… are being arrested and… will be living in a barge off GITMO to confront face a military court for seduction.”
Given Thomas’s proximity to some of the nation’s most powerful politicians, the January 6 Uprising Commission of Inquiry wanted to probe more of her communications. They could develop a clearer picture of how the wife of a Supreme Court judge – an unelected government official with a lifetime term – is involved in what is tantamount to a conspiracy. ambitious.
Serving Thomas as a subpoena would be a marked escalation. Despite treating her like any other US citizen, her refusal to appear and testify risks facing arrest and jail time — a strange situation for his wife. of a Supreme Court judge.
The committee interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses who worked in the Trump administration, his election campaign and various groups with fascist ties that conspired to keep Trump in power.
A handful of people resisted — including MeadowSocial Media Manager MAGA Dan Scavinoformer White House adviser Peter Navarroand political strategist Steve Bannon—Have been despised by Congress or now face time behind bars. On Friday, a jury found Bannonwho is waiting for a mandatory minimum sentence of one month or more in prison. Navarro was prosecuted last month.
“I believe our nation is standing on the edge of the abyss.“
– Liz Cheney
Cheney on CNN admits that her role as co-chair of the Jan. 6 Committee — and her willingness to completely separate from Republicans who remain loyal to Trump — could get her re-elected in Wyoming this year. But she called the congressional historical inquiry “the most important thing I’ve done professionally.”
“I believe our nation is standing on the edge of an abyss. We have to think very seriously about the dangers we face… and we have to pick out serious candidates,” she said.
She also said she has yet to decide whether she will run for president next year to prevent Trump from returning.
“At this point, I still haven’t made a decision about 2024. And I’m really focused on the nature of what we have to do on the selection committee,” she said.