WASHINGTON — Virginia Thomas, the spouse of Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative activist who pushed to overturn the 2020 election, has agreed to sit down for an interview with the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
The event may symbolize a breakthrough for the committee, which for months has sought to interview Ms. Thomas, who goes by Ginni, about her communications with a conservative lawyer in shut contact with former President Donald J. Trump.
“I can verify that Ginni Thomas has agreed to take part in a voluntary interview with the committee,” her lawyer, Mark Paoletta, mentioned in a press release. “As she has mentioned from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is raring to reply the committee’s inquiries to clear up any misconceptions about her work referring to the 2020 election. She seems ahead to that chance.”
Her cooperation was reported earlier by CNN. A spokesman for the committee declined to remark.
The committee requested an interview with Ms. Thomas in June, after it emerged that she had exchanged textual content messages with Mark Meadows, the White Home chief of workers, wherein she urged on efforts to problem Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory within the 2020 election. She additionally pressed lawmakers in a number of states to combat the outcomes of the election.
But it surely was Ms. Thomas’s interactions with John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who pushed Vice President Mike Pence to dam or delay the certification of Electoral Faculty votes on Jan. 6, 2021, that has most investigators.
“We’re particularly investigating the actions of President Trump, John Eastman and others as they relate to the Structure and sure different legal guidelines, together with the Electoral Depend Act, that set out the required course of for the election and inauguration of the president,” the committee’s leaders — Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, and Consultant Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming — wrote to Ms. Thomas. “The choose committee has obtained proof that John Eastman labored to develop alternate slates of electors to cease the electoral depend on Jan. 6.”
The panel obtained at the least one e mail between Ms. Thomas and Mr. Eastman after a federal choose ordered Mr. Eastman to show over paperwork to the panel from the interval after the November 2020 election when he was assembly with conservative teams to debate combating the election outcomes.
That very same choose has mentioned it’s “extra probably than not” that Mr. Trump and Mr. Eastman dedicated two felonies as a part of the trouble, together with conspiracy to defraud the American folks.
Mr. Paoletta has argued that the communications between Ms. Thomas and Mr. Eastman comprise little of worth to the panel’s investigation.
Ms. Thomas’s cooperation comes because the Jan. 6 committee is coming into its ultimate months of labor after a summer time of high-profile hearings and getting ready an intensive report, which is anticipated to incorporate suggestions for how one can confront the threats to democracy highlighted by the riot and Mr. Trump’s drive to overturn the election. Mr. Thompson, the chairman of the panel, mentioned the subsequent and certain ultimate listening to would happen on Sept. 28.
“We’ve got substantial footage of what occurred that we haven’t used; we’ve had important witness testimony that we haven’t used,” Mr. Thompson mentioned in an interview. “This is a chance to make use of a few of that materials.”