After spending the past few months under investigation by a congressional panel investigating last year’s Jan. 6 riots, a key figure in the Capitol riots has finally testified about his alleged role in trying to prevent the 2020 election results from being certified.
Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, who also happens to be the wife of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, met with the US House Select Committee on Thursday for several hours in what was apparently an extremely harrowing meeting, according to a report. attributed to the chairman of the committee.
For months, the committee had asked Ginni Thomas to appear because of her suspected involvement in debunking the 2020 election based on a debunked election fraud conspiracy theory by former President Donald Trump and his loyal followers. Nearly two dozen text messages Ginni Thomas sent to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, urging him to “stand firmly against the election results” are among the evidence the committee revealed in public hearings on Jan. 6.
“Help this great president stand firm Mark!!!” Thomas texted Meadows on November 10, 2020. “You, along with him, are a leader standing up for the constitutional rule of America along the river. Most know that Biden and the left are attempting the biggest heist in our history.
There is also evidence that Ginni Thomas cheered on the rebels via Twitter after she attended the so-called “Stop the Steal” rally, which took place before violent protesters illegally stormed the US Capitol during a deadly siege on federal property.
It was in this context that Ginni Thomas answered only “a few questions” during the four hours, committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, told reporters after the hearing on January 6.
Thompson also reportedly suggested that Ginni Thomas’ testimony might be lacking in the quality department, asking if there was any merit, he said, that the commission could use it.
Ginni Thomas also told the committee on Jan. 6 that she still believes the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, despite the overwhelming amount of irrefutable evidence to the contrary, CNN reported.
“He said that,” Thompson assured reporters.
Attorneys for Ginni Thomas said in a statement after the hearing that their client was not guilty of anything.
Full details of Ginni Thomas’ Jan. 6 meeting with the committee were not immediately released.
The role of Ginni Thomas on January 6 has her husband withdrawn from all cases related to the riots in the capital due to a conflict of interest. There have also been calls to impeach Judge Thomas because his wife did not censure him after he constantly shared far-right conspiracy theories on social media.
The first text message Ginni sent to Thomas Meadows included a link to a YouTube video titled “TRUMP STING w CIA Director Steve Pieczenik, Biggest Election Story in History, QFS-BLOCKCHAIN.”
Pieczenik is a conspiracy theorist who has dismissed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a hoax.
Before setting a Jan. 6 meeting with the committee last week, Ginni Thomas’ attorney said she needed a “better rationale” to comply with the group’s request.
He may get just that after Thursday’s meeting with the Jan. 6 committee.
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