Liz Cheney says Jan. 6 committee could “contemplate a subpoena” for Ginni Thomas

Representative Liz Cheneythe vice chairman of the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitolsaid Sunday that the panel is “fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena” for Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

“I hope it doesn’t come to that,” Cheney said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Cheney said Thomas is currently “involved” with the committee through his attorney, and she hopes Thomas will agree to come voluntarily.

The committee has been interested in Thomas, who is known as “Ginni”, ever since it learned that she corresponded by email with conservative attorney John Eastman, who was involved in the campaign to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to resign. refuse to certify election results. Thomas also attended the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol and urged Mark MeadowsDonald Trump’s former chief of staff, to work on nullifying the 2020 election results.

A lawyer for Thomas sent a letter to the committee last month saying he wants “a better justification for the relevance of Ms. Thomas’ testimony”.

January 6 House Committee holds its eighth hearing
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), vice chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, makes closing remarks during a prime-time hearing at the Cannon House Office Building on 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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Cheney’s appearance on Sunday came shortly after the committee held its last public hearing of the summer on Thursday night. The highly successful public hearings sought to show what former President Trump was doing amid the turmoil and link him directly to the crowd mobilization on the Capitol. The public hearings also detailed some of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, including a scheme to replace Biden. voters with alternates who supported Trump and a series of pressure campaigns on penceThe Department of Justice, state legislators and local election officials.

Cheney, who is in the fight of her political life in a Republican primary in Wyoming, said Sunday that her work on the committee “is the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally,” even if she loses her seat over it.

“I’m going to say that too, I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to say things that aren’t true about the election,” she said. “My opponents are certainly doing this simply for the purpose of getting elected… if I have to choose between keeping a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting the constitutional republic and making sure the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I will. choose the Constitution and the truth every day.”

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