Ginni Thomas’s lawyer tells the Jan. 6 committee he wants “better justification” for a possible interview

A Virginia Thomas attorney wrote in a letter to the… 6 Jan. House committee On Tuesday he wants “a better justification for why Ms. Thomas’s testimony is relevant” before recommending the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas come for an interview.

“Based on my understanding of the communications that prompted the committee’s request, I do not understand the need to speak to Ms. Thomas,” attorney Mark Paoletta wrote to the committee that launched the January 6, 2021 attack. investigating the United States Capitol. † Paoletta’s eight-page letter, obtained by CBS News, was first reported by the Daily Caller.

Thomas, known as “Ginni,” sparked the committee’s interest after learning that she… corresponded with John Eastman, a lawyer involved in the campaign to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the election results. Thomas also attended the meeting that preceded the attack on the Capitol and urged former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows to work to reverse 2020 election results

Commission President Rep. Bennie Thompson said on June 24 that he expected Thomas to appear before the committee, but said they had not yet agreed on “the parameters” for her interview.

But Paoletta in his letter expressed “grave concern” about the committee’s efforts to meet with Thomas, claiming that “the Thomases were victims of an avalanche of death threats and other abuse.” He claimed that he had checked the communication between Thomas and Eastman and found “no document” attesting to coordination between the two.

“And further, all of these emails were exchanged on or before December 9 before the voters met and were certified by each of their states,” Paoletta wrote.

Speaking of Thomas’s communication with Meadows, Paoletta wrote that she was “simply expressing her concern about the 2020 election”.

“Importantly, Ms. Thomas never claimed to have first-hand knowledge of electoral fraud,” Paoletta wrote.

The Jan. 6 committee has held several hearings in recent weeks to share information it has learned with the public. Meadows’ former top assistant, Cassidy Hutchinson, was the star witness of Tuesday’s surprising hearing. Hutchinson testified that on Jan. 2, Meadows told her that “it could get really, really bad on Jan. 6.”

The Jan. 6 committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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