- Ginni Thomas agreed to appear before the committee voluntarily.
- Thomas urged White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to challenge results of the 2020 election.
- The session is confidential, but the panel has released transcripts and video of other depositions.
WASHINGTON – Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, arrived Thursday to testify at the House committee investigating the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
The committee wanted to interview Ginni Thomas about her advocacy for challenging the results of the 2020 election. She declined comment to reporters heading into the meeting.
“Thank you for being here,” she told CNN. “I look forward to answering the members.”
The committee has been eager to talk with Ginni Thomas because she sent dozens of text messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows urging him to fight the results of the 2020 election.
Among the 29 messages, Ginni Thomas called Biden’s win “the greatest Heist of our History” in a text on Nov. 10, 2020, according to The Washington Post.
“Do not concede,” Thomas wrote on Nov. 6, 2020. “It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back.”
In addition, Ginni Thomas urged Arizona state lawmakers to reverse former President Donald Trump’s election loss in 2020 by choosing electors themselves. And the Washington Post reported she also pressured Wisconsin lawmakers to do the same.
Her political activism has raised concerns in the past about possible influence on Clarence Thomas and prompted calls for him to recuse himself from cases dealing with the Capitol attack. But Ginni Thomas said she doesn’t discuss cases with her husband, and he hasn’t commented on possible conflicts.
Ginni Thomas acknowledged attending Trump’s rally Jan. 6, 2021, before a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol. But she said she left the rally because it was cold and never went to the Capitol.