Ginni Thomas, the Justice’s spouse, was interviewed on the Capitol as a part of an investigation into the pro-Trump riots on Jan. 6
Virginia Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, pauses during a closed meeting with the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol on Capitol Hill on Jan To be examined September 29, 2022 in Washington. direct current.
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A select committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday interviewed Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as part of its inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Virginia Thomas, who goes by the name of Ginni, arrived at a Capitol Hill office building flanked by security guards and spoke with the committee for about 3.5 hours, NBC News reported.
Thomas didn’t answer any questions reporters asked upon her arrival or during the three breaks she took throughout the day, NBC reported. “Thank you for being here,” she said in response to a question that showed a CNN video. “Thanks for your question,” she replied to another.
Thomas was reportedly involved in efforts to contest the results of the 2020 presidential election and discussed those efforts with Trump administration officials.
According to NBC, Thomas exited the building around 2 p.m. ET.
Her attorney, Mark Paoletta, said in a statement after the interview that Thomas “would be happy to work with the committee to resolve the misunderstandings about her 2020 election-related activities.” She answered all of the committee’s questions.”
“As she said from the start, Ms Thomas had significant concerns about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election,” Paoletta’s statement said. “And, as she told the committee, her minimal and general activity was focused on making sure reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated.”
“Furthermore, she played no role in any events after the 2020 election results,” she wrote in a text to [Trump White House chief of staff] Mark Meadows at the time also condemned the January 6 violence as she abhors violence on any side of the aisle,” Paoletta said.
A spokesman for the committee declined CNBC’s request for comment on the interview. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, previously confirmed the panel would be interviewing Ginni Thomas this week.
The panel is investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6, 2021 riots, when a violent mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. The rebellion forced lawmakers to leave their chambers and temporarily prevented them from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election.
The committee was scheduled to hold its ninth public hearing this week but postponed it because of Hurricane Ian, the major storm approaching Florida at the time.