The January 6 House panel is ready to “consider a subpoena” for Virginia “Ginni” Thomaswife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, if she refuses to answer questions about her activities in the conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Sunday.
“We certainly hope she will agree to come voluntarily, but the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if she does not. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that,” said Cheney, who serves as vice-chairman of the panel. “It’s very important for us to speak with her.”
The committee asked the right-wing political activist to meet with members of the panel, as well as to provide documents that might be relevant to the investigation into last year’s insurgency.
These documents include texts by Thomas urging donald trumpWhite House chief of staff mark the meadows to continue battle to overturn election results, text messages and emails to Trump’s ally attorney John Eastmanauthor of the so-called “coup note”, on how to overturn the vote.
“Help this great president stand firm, Mark,” Thomas wrote to Meadows days after the 2020 election. the biggest robbery in our history.”
A lawyer for Thomas said in a letter to the House Select Committee late last month that he “do not think there is currently a sufficient basis speak with » Thomas. “There is no story to be discovered here,” lawyer Mark Paoletta categorically insisted.
Paoletta sent the letter just two weeks after Thomas said she was “looking forward” to speaking to the committee to “dispel misconceptionsabout its activities. Thomas has already said she was at the trump rally who preceded the attack on the Capitol but played no role in organizing it and left early.
Critics have called on Clarence Thomas to step down from court, or at the very least recuse himself from the January 6 cases, accusing him of a significant conflict of interest in making decisions for a government his wife s is beaten to undermine.
“Clarence and Ginni Thomas were on one of the worst breach of trust never seen in our judicial system”, Rep. Bill Pascrell (DN.J.) said in a statement last month calling on Judge Thomas to step down, referring to efforts to keep Donald Trump in power despite his defeat in a Democratic election.
Senator Majority Leader chuck schumer (DN.Y.) called Judge Thomas in March to recuse oneself from cases in light of “serious questions” about Ginni Thomas’ possible links to “insurgency planning and execution”.
Judge Thomas participated in cases related to the uprising of January 6, 2021, and was the only dissenting vote in a ruling against claims of executive privilege by Trump and his aides over documents related to the Capitol riot that were sought by the House panel.
In other startling news on Sunday, Cheney – whose re-election is in trouble in the face of attacks from Trump and his allies – said she has not yet decided whether to run for president.
“At this point, I haven’t made a decision for 2024…. I will make a decision on 2024 later,” Cheney said, adding that she was focused on her work with the committee.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.