Ginni Thomas attorney asks her to testify before January 6 panel

The attorney for Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said he sees no need for his client to testify before the selected House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

In an eight-page letter sent to the committee on Tuesday, Thomas’ attorney Mark Paoletta wrote that his client is willing to testify before the committee to clear her name, but asked the panel to provide better justification for why her testimony is needed.

Paoletta’s letter to the committee was obtained and published by The Daily Caller.

“Before I can recommend that she meet with you, I would ask the committee to provide better justification for why Ms. Thomas’s testimony is relevant to the committee’s legislative purpose,” Paoletta wrote in the letter.

Paoletta noted his client’s texting chain with Mark Meadows, former President Trump’s chief of staff, writing that her views on the 2020 election were “personal”, adding that she was only relaying information she first saw to graze in their text exchange.

“Importantly, Ms Thomas never claimed to have first-hand knowledge of election fraud,” he added. “On the contrary, she stated that she was only passing on information that she had heard from others. She also strongly condemned those who attacked the Capitol on January 6, asked some questions and expressed general frustration. For example, she expressed her concern about the future of our country under President Biden.”

Taking a shot at the committee in his final point, Paoletta wrote about how the panel has communicated through the media about his client, her husband and another witness, citing how committee members and other lawmakers have publicly shared their frustration with the election results.

“It is in this context that Ms Thomas has expressed a willingness to try to appear before the committee to clear her name. However, based on my understanding of the facts in the Committee’s possession, I do not believe that there is currently sufficient basis to speak with Mrs Thomas. Perhaps the committee has more information to lay that foundation, and I’m willing to reconsider my recommendation if you make this information available. But without further ado, I’m sure you can appreciate my concern that Ms Thomas appears to have been asked to come in to continue the unwarranted harassment she’s been subjected to since January 6,” Paoletta concluded.

“I would also like to note that this has been a particularly stressful time as the Thomases have been subjected to an avalanche of death threats and other abuse from the unprecedented attack on conservative Supreme Court justices and their families. Without more information, I have to believe that if her name was Ginni Jones, the committee would never even talk to her.”

The Jan. 6 committee held its last public hearing of the month on Tuesday, as a startling testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchison exposed Trump’s anger before and during the uprising, including an incident in which he lunged at security details. after he was not heard. allowed to enter the Capitol when a mob of his supporters already stormed the building.

On January 6, 2021, pro-Trump supporters stormed the building in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election.