Capitol Hill riot inquiry to interview wife of Supreme Court judge

Washington: Conservative activist Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the House panel investigating the January 6 insurrection, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Attorney Mark Paoletta said Thomas was “eager to answer the committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election”.

Virginia Thomas and Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas arrive for a 2019 state dinner with Australia’s then-prime minister Scott Morrison and then-US president Donald Trump in 2019. Credit:AP

The committee has sought an interview with Thomas in an effort to know more about her role in trying to help former president Donald Trump overturn his election defeat. She contacted politicians in Arizona and Wisconsin as part of that effort.

The panel announced that it will reconvene for a hearing on September 28, likely the last in a series of hearings that began this summer. The hearing announcement comes as the committee is preparing to wrap up its work before the end of the year and is writing a final report laying out its findings about the US Capitol insurrection.

Members of the committee had promised more hearings in September as they wrapped up the series of summer hearings. Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chairwoman, said the committee “has far more evidence to share with the American people and more to gather”.

It was unclear if the hearing would provide a general overview of what the panel has learnt or if it would be focused on new information and evidence, such as an interview with Thomas.

The committee conducted several interviews at the end of July and into August with Trump’s cabinet secretaries, some of whom had discussed invoking the constitutional process in the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office after the insurrection.

Trump and his adult children were on Wednesday sued for fraud by New York state’s attorney-general.


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