Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Clarence Thomas, has agreed to a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 uprising, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Attorney Mark Paoletta said Thomas was “eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work regarding the 2020 election”.
The commission has sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to learn more about her role in helping former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. She texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin in the weeks after the election and before the uprising.
Thomas’ willingness to testify comes as the commission prepares to complete its work before the end of the year and write a final report detailing its findings on the US Capitol uprising. The panel announced on Wednesday that it will meet again on September 28 for a hearing, likely the latest in a series of hearings that began this summer.
Thomas’s testimony was one of the items remaining for the panel as the work draws to a close. The panel has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and showed some of those video testimonials during its eight hearings over the summer.
The extent of Thomas’ involvement prior to the Capitol attack is unknown. She has said in interviews that she attended the first pro-Trump rally on the morning of January 6, 2021, but left before Trump spoke and the crowd headed for the Capitol.
Thomas, a Trump supporter who has long been active in conservative causes, has repeatedly claimed that her political activities did not constitute a conflict of interest with her husband’s work. Clarence Thomas was the only dissenting voice when the Supreme Court ruled in January to grant a congressional commission access to presidential diaries, visitor logs, draft texts and handwritten notes related to the January 6 attack.
It’s unclear whether the hearing would provide a general overview of what the panel learned or whether it would focus on new information and evidence, such as an interview with Thomas. The committee held several interviews with Trump’s cabinet secretaries in late July and into August, some of whom had discussed invoking the constitutional process in the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office after the uprising.
Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chair, said the committee has “a lot more evidence to share with the American people and more to collect.”