Ginni Thomas will meet with House Jan. 6 committee, lawyer says

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Ginni Thomas, the woman of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, volition enactment successful a "voluntary meeting" with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the U.S. Capitol, her lawyer confirmed Wednesday. The quality came connected the heels of the committee announcing it volition clasp a nationalist proceeding connected Sept. 28 astatine 1 p.m.

 "As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is anxious to reply the Committee's questions to wide up immoderate misconceptions astir her enactment relating to the 2020 election," Thomas' lawyer Mark Paoletta said successful a connection Wednesday. "She looks guardant to that opportunity."

The quality of Thomas' information was archetypal reported by CNN.

The committee asked Thomas, a blimpish activist, to look voluntarily earlier the sheet aft it learned that she corresponded with John Eastman, a blimpish lawyer who helped travel up with the ineligible strategy to unit erstwhile Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally flip retired authorities electoral votes. 

Thomas besides sent emails to astatine slightest 2 Wisconsin Republican legislators days aft the statesmanlike election, pushing them to sanction an alternate slate of statesmanlike electors to backmost erstwhile President Donald Trump. Additionally, Thomas corresponded via substance message with erstwhile Trump main of unit Mark Meadows successful the days pursuing the 2020 election, urging him to overturn the predetermination results. 

Virginia Thomas Virginia Thomas, blimpish activistic and woman of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, speaks astatine the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) successful Oxon Hill, Maryland, connected Feb. 23, 2017. Susan Walsh / AP

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee's chair, told CBS News connected Monday that the committee is inactive discussing whether to person witnesses astatine the Sept. 28 hearing.  

"We person a batch of accusation that we person collected implicit the past twelvemonth that we've not shown the public. And we judge that that accusation connected its ain is important capable for a hearing," Thompson said. 

The committee held a series of nationalist hearings earlier this summertime that combined never-before-seen footage from Jan. 6, video grounds from immoderate of the radical who were successful Trump's interior ellipse and in-person witnesser testimony. 

The hearings sought to necktie Trump to the coordination of the onslaught and shed airy connected plans devised by him and members of his interior ellipse designed to overturn the 2020 elections results. 

Thompson said earlier this month that the committee plans to enactment unneurotic an interim study 2 weeks aft the projected precocious September hearing, successful mid-October, and volition finalize the study earlier the extremity of the year. 

That would instrumentality them past the November midterm elections, and the committee's 2 Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are some leaving Congress successful January. Cheney mislaid the Republican primary successful Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger. Kinzinger decided not to tally for reelection. 

If Republicans instrumentality power of the House successful January, it's expected that the prime committee volition beryllium disbanded. While Republicans were entitled to person 5 members connected what was meant to beryllium a 12-person committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected 2 of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's suggested members, arsenic they were among the 139 House Republicans who voted to overturn the predetermination results connected Jan. 6. As a result, McCarthy refused to enactment immoderate much Republicans connected the committee, with Pelosi asking Cheney and Kinzinger — who were among the 10 House GOP members who voted to impeach Trump — to beryllium connected what ended up being a 9-person committee comprised of 7 Democrats and the 2 Republicans. 

Since its instauration past year, the committee has spoken to much than 1,000 radical and issued much than 100 subpoenas for interviews oregon documents.

Since the past proceeding was held connected July 16, the committee said it has had conversations with the Justice Department astir a strategy allegedly cooked up by Trump's allies to enactment guardant alternate electors supporting him successful 7 battleground states that President Joe Biden won.

On July 22, a national assemblage recovered erstwhile Trump strategist Steve Bannon blameworthy of 2 counts of transgression contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena to look earlier the Jan. 6 committee. He faces up to 2 years successful prison. Bannon has said helium was honoring enforcement privilege concerns raised by Trump, though Kristin Amerling, 1 of the 2 witnesses called by prosecutors, said the committee ne'er received announcement from Trump astir this obstacle to deposing Bannon, and the committee would not person recognized specified a assertion anyway.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a subordinate of the committee, told "Face the Nation" earlier this month that the committee is inactive hoping Pence volition look voluntarily earlier the panel. The committee's nationalist hearings focused successful portion connected Trump and his allies' attempts to unit Pence to cull the Electoral College votes connected Jan. 6 during the associated league of Congress.

"Vice President Pence was the people of Donald Trump's wrath and fury and effort to overthrow the predetermination connected Jan. 6. The full thought was to get Pence to measurement extracurricular his law role, and past to state unilateral lawless powers to cull Electoral College votes from the states," Raskin said.

Pence yet rejected those efforts and gaveled successful Mr. Biden arsenic the winner of the 2020 predetermination aft 3:40 a.m. connected Jan. 7. Pence said astatine a New Hampshire governmental event successful August that he'd "consider" testifying earlier the committee. 

The committee has besides formally requested that erstwhile House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was besides an advisor to Trump, talk with them. The committee cited emails helium allegedly exchanged with Trump's elder advisers, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller. "Evidence shows that Mr. Gingrich pushed messages designed to incite choler among voters adjacent aft Georgia predetermination officials had faced intimidation and threats of violence," the committee said successful its petition for Gingrich to appear.

The committee's public proceeding connected June 21 examined threats made to authorities and section elections officials, including successful Georgia. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office has launched a transgression probe into whether Trump and his allies interfered with Georgia's predetermination successful 2020. Trump's idiosyncratic attorney, Rudy Giuliani, testified for six hours earlier a Fulton County expansive jury successful August related to that investigation. 

Ellis Kim contributed to this report.

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