Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) pushed over the weekend for testimony to the House committee investigating the Capitol riot from Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Raskin serves on the committee.
Previously, the panel issued a request — not a subpoena — for Ginni’s testimony. Among other points of concern, Ginni was in repeated contact with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the aftermath of the last presidential election, and she pushed Meadows towards action in accordance with the general goal of securing a second term for Trump despite his loss. Thomas also participated in a messaging campaign targeting state legislators in swing states including Arizona and Wisconsin. The messages she sent pushed the supposed possibility of action by recipients to essentially undo what in reality was the duly documented popular vote in their individual states. Comments included in the emails hinged on the notion legislators held legal power they didn’t actually possess to choose or at least tacitly control the choosing of electoral college members.
In Arizona, one of the Republicans Ginni emailed, state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, replied, and the two shared a brief conversation. There are also lingering concerns about potential conflicts of interest on the part of Clarence Thomas considering his wife’s personal stake in the fight to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome. If another case related to the 2020 election appears before the Supreme Court, can observers remotely trust Clarence to act impartially?
“Does the committee still have interest in obtaining testimony from Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?” CBS journalist Major Garrett asked Raskin over the weekend. Raskin replied: “Look, we’re interested in getting testimony from anyone who has relevant evidence about the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. Let’s not lose sight of what we’re talking about here.” Garrett followed up by pointing out some of Ginni’s messages with state legislators. “There were disclosures this week that she was in e-mail conversation with people in Wisconsin about that topic,” the journalist added.
To that, Raskin explained: “Speaking as one member and only as one member, I would say she has a relevant testimony to render. And she should come forward and give it. I don’t want to overstate her role. We’ve talked to more than 1,000 people. But we’d like to hear from Gingrich and we’d like to hear from her too.” The committee’s underlying investigation into the months-long effort to somehow undo the 2020 presidential election outcome is continuing as it prepares for additional public hearings outlining some of its findings in the near future. Check out Raskin’s comments below:
"She has relevant testimony to render and she should come forward and give it," Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin says of Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. pic.twitter.com/NrXYqTPQn9
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