May 21, 2024
Members of the Jan. 6 committee appear lukewarm about whether Virginia "Ginni" Thomas played a significant role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Members of the Jan. 6 committee appear lukewarm about whether Virginia “Ginni” Thomas played a significant role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Thomas, who is a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, reportedly sat for roughly 3 1/2 hours in an appearance before the panel Thursday. Now the committee appears unconvinced that she was deeply involved in efforts to thwart the election, Politico reported.

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During her hearing, she stood by her conviction about “fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election,” according to her lawyer, Mark Paoletta. However, both Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) were tight-lipped about whether she had anything new to offer.

“She absolutely has a First Amendment right to take whatever positions she wants, and that means she can take as deranged a position she wants about the 2020 election,” Raskin told the outlet. “I don’t expect anything more from her right-wing politics than I do of anybody else who is steeped in that cultish orthodoxy today.”

Ginni Thomas
Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, walks during a break in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, at Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. House Office Building, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Washington. The committee has for months sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to know more about her role in trying to help former President Donald Trump overturn his election defeat. She texted with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Thompson also noted that her testimony was “typical” of other witnesses who appeared before the panel. Text messages between Ginni Thomas and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed she fervently believed that election malfeasance transpired.

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Thomas encouraged Meadows to push then-President Donald Trump not to concede the election and later to “release the Kraken,” in reference to controversial lawyer Sidney Powell. During her deposition, Thomas was adamant that her husband, the Supreme Court justice, was not involved in her election musings.

“I can guarantee that my husband has never spoken with me about pending cases at the court. It’s an iron-clad rule in our home,” she apparently said during her testimony.

The next public hearing for the Jan. 6 committee, which had initially been slated for this week, has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian. The hearing will take place before the midterm elections, but not next week, Thompson said Friday. The hearing is not expected to feature witnesses.

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