The wife of a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court still thinks the 2020 election was rigged: committee chair
In an interview with the House committee looking into the Jan. 6 uprising on Thursday, Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, defended the erroneous assertion that the 2020 election was rigged.When questioned by reporters if Virginia Thomas still thought that to be the case, Bennie Thompson said, “Yes.”
After the almost four-hour interview was over, Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, observed, “It’s a work in progress.” “At this moment, we appreciate her presence.”
The committee, which is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, has been seeking to speak with Thomas for months in order to learn more about her efforts to aid former US President Donald Trump in overturning his election loss.
It was discovered earlier this year that the conservative activist texted the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about 30 times in the weeks following the election. The activist also contacted politicians in Arizona and Wisconsin.
Democrats perceive an interest conflict
According to a person familiar with the investigation who was not authorised to publicly discuss it, Thomas responded to some of the questions from congressional investigators on Thursday as she attempted to portray herself as one of the many Americans who still hold the flimsy claim that the 2020 election was rigged.
Mrs. Thomas has serious worries about fraud and anomalies in the 2020 election, as she has said repeatedly, according to a statement from her lawyer, Mark Paoletta. And, as she informed the committee, her basic and commonplace activity was to see to it that complaints of fraud and anomalies were looked into.
Beyond that, she was not involved in any activities following the outcome of the 2020 election, he continued.
One of the final witnesses for the panel as it neared completion of its investigation was Thomas. In its eight sessions throughout the summer, the panel has already spoken with more than 1,000 witnesses and aired part of their video evidence.
How much she helped to the Capitol attack is unknown. Thomas sent an email to two congressmen in Arizona a few days after The Associated Press and other news outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential race, pleading with them to select “a clean slate of electors” and “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure.” Under the state’s open records legislation, AP was able to access the emails earlier this year.
Thomas said in earlier interviews that she first showed up to the pro-Trump gathering on January 6 but departed before Trump spoke and the masses began to make their way to the Capitol.
Thomas, a steadfast Trump supporter who has long been involved in conservative causes, has insisted that there is no contradiction between her political activities and the business of her husband.
Like many married couples, we have many of the same ideas, values, and aspirations for America. However, we each have our own independent jobs as well as unique views and viewpoints. Clarence and I don’t talk about his work, and I don’t include him in my work “In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that was published in March, Thomas stated.