The Washington Post

Ginni Thomas agrees to be interviewe­d

- — Jacqueline Alemany and Azi Paybarah

The House select committee investigat­ing the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrecti­on has reached an agreement with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to be interviewe­d by the panel in coming weeks, according to her attorney and another person familiar with the agreement.

Thomas’s attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the agreement in a statement.

“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.”

The committee had earlier announced a public hearing for next week.

The panel had contemplat­ed issuing a subpoena to compel her testimony. Thomas, a longtime conservati­ve activist, had pushed lawmakers and top Republican officials to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidenti­al election, citing baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

Her efforts caught the attention of lawmakers and legal scholars who questioned whether it could prompt Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any cases linked to causes on which his wife had worked.

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