Liz Cheney says Ginni Thomas, wife of Clarence Thomas, could get a subpoena on January 6

Ginni Thomas, the wife of staunchly conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who played a pivotal role in the bid to overturn the 2020 election, now faces the threat of a subpoena to force her to testify before the January 6 Committee.

During a Sunday morning television appearance on CNN State of the Union show, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) told host Jake Tapper that the committee continues to negotiate with the well-connected conspiracy theorist’s attorney in an attempt to get her to testify about her role in the insurgency.

Cheney said “the committee is engaged with her attorney” and has been trying to get her to appear for weeks.

“I certainly hope she does it voluntarily,” she said. “But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if she doesn’t.”

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment Sunday morning.

The committee sent him a request for an interview in a June 16 letter, but it was flatly denied in a formal response on June 28 signed by his attorney, Mark R. Paoletta. In the response letter, Paoletta told the committee “there is no story to uncover here” and questioned the committee’s mission by waving his own credentials as the former lead investigative counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he worked on nearly 200 investigators. hearings over a decade.

Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, has come under scrutiny for how she personally pressed Arizona lawmakers to keep former President Donald Trump in power.

Thomas emailed about the coup plot with John Eastman, the goofy conservative lawyer who hatched the dubious plan to reverse Joe Biden’s presidential victory by making Trump loyalists in Congress simply refuse to certify the Electoral College votes. And she also texted Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about his deranged belief that “accomplices in the Biden crime family and voter fraud…are arrested and…will live in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition. .”

Given Thomas’ closeness to some of the most powerful politicians in the country, the January 6 Committee investigating the insurgency wants to probe his communications further. They could develop a clearer picture of how the wife of a Supreme Court justice – an unelected official with a life term – engaged in what amounts to a seditious conspiracy.

Serving Thomas with a subpoena would be a marked escalation. Although that would treat her like any other US citizen, her refusal to come forward and testify risks being arrested and imprisoned – a strange situation for the wife of a Supreme Court justice.

The committee has already interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses who have worked in the Trump administration, its shocking election campaign, and the many groups with fascist ties that plotted to keep Trump in power.

The few who resisted – including Meadows, MAGA social media manager Dan Scavino, former White House adviser Peter Navarro and political strategist Steve Bannon – were either convicted of contempt of Congress or sentenced to a imprisonment. On Friday, a jury convicted Bannon, who is awaiting a mandatory minimum sentence of a month or more in jail. Navarro was charged last month.

I believe our nation is on the brink.

Liz Cheney

Cheney on CNN acknowledged that her role as co-chair of the Jan. 6 Committee — and her willingness to break entirely with fellow Republicans who remain loyal to Trump — could cost her re-election in Wyoming this year. But she called the landmark Congressional investigation “the most important thing I’ve done professionally.”

“I believe our nation is on the brink. We need to think very seriously about the dangers we face…and we need to elect serious candidates,” she said.

She also said she has yet to decide if she will run for president next year to prevent Trump from making a comeback.

“At this point, I haven’t made a decision about 2024. And I’m really very focused on the substance of what we need to do in the select committee,” she said.

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