Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will appear before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capital in the coming weeks.
Her attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed in a statement that his client and committee members had come to an agreement regarding her appearance.
“I can confirm that Ginni Thomas has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the Committee,” Paoletta said. “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. She looks forward to that opportunity.”
CNN was the first to report on the agreement.
Thomas’s planned appearance was announced shortly after the committee confirmed that it would hold its next public hearing next week on Sept. 28. That hearing is likely to be the final hearing on the matter unless new developments are made, Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters on Tuesday.
Thomas has previously drawn scrutiny over her communication with former White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows and legal expert John Eastman.
CNN reports that the panel obtained email communications between Thomas and Eastman, as well as text messages between her and Meadows that were sent prior to the Capitol breach.
In one such message to Meadows, she wrote: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! … You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”
Supporters Point to Political Bias
After her communications with Eastman and Meadows came to light, Thomas was widely criticized by Democrats who claimed that she had attempted to “overturn the 2020 election.”
A number of Republican leaders have voiced their support for Ginni Thomas, including Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) who wrote on Twitter back in March: “The left’s vicious and dishonest attacks on Justice Thomas and his wife Ginni prove how important they are to the conservative movement.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also took to Twitter where he accused Democrats of attacking the wife of the Supreme Court Justice while referencing the scandal surrounding President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
“The Left will attack Ginni Thomas for exercising her political beliefs, but let Hunter Biden off the hook for his influence peddling,” Jordan wrote.
Ginni Thomas had previously said in June that she would be happy to answer questions from the Jan. 6 panel, telling The Daily Caller that she was looking forward to clearing up “misconceptions.”
However, her lawyer said in a letter to the committee shortly after that he did not understand the need for his client to speak to the panel and asked them to provide further justification regarding her appearance before them.
“I do not understand the need to speak with Mrs. Thomas,” Paoletta wrote in a letter to the committee. “Before I can recommend that she meet with you, I am asking the Committee to provide a better justification for why Mrs. Thomas’s testimony is relevant to the Committee’s legislative purpose.”