May 20, 2024
Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will sit for a deposition this week, Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced Wednesday.

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will sit for a deposition this week, Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced Wednesday.

The deposition will be related to Ginni Thomas’s alleged role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Ginni Thomas pushed lawmakers to overturn the results, citing widespread voter fraud, committee members alleged, pointing to text messages she purportedly sent.

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Ginni Thomas agreed to meet with the committee last week. The interview was expected to take place before the final Jan. 6 hearing on Wednesday, but the panel postponed the hearing due to Hurricane Ian.

“I can confirm that Ginni Thomas has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the Committee,” Ginni Thomas’s attorney, Mark Paoletta, said last week. “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. She looks forward to that opportunity.”

Ginni Thomas’s decision to sit down with the committee voluntarily means that she has not been subpoenaed, and she will not be compelled to answer its questions. But she can still be charged if it is determined that she is lying to Congress.

One of the most important questions the committee is expected to ask is to what extent her husband, a Supreme Court justice, knew about her efforts to overturn the election. Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenting voice against handing presidential records over to the committee, a vote that has prompted some Democrats to call for his removal from the bench.

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As a conservative activist, Ginni Thomas has generated controversy due to her husband’s position on the Supreme Court, which last year ruled on matters related to the events of Jan. 6 and efforts by Congress to investigate the riot at the Capitol.

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