Jan. Committee 6 might “consider a subpoena” for Ginni Thomas

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection could subpoena Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for her attempts to pressure the Trump White House to try to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. , Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Sunday.

Cheney, the select committee’s vice chairman, said the bipartisan group is engaged with Ginni Thomas’ attorney. Officials have done it also spoken to other figures Similarly, he urged those close to former President Donald Trump to make efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, he said.

“We certainly hope that he will agree to come voluntarily,” Cheney said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if he doesn’t. I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Ginni Thomas’ text messages were among thousands of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurgency that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House select committee investigating the attack before he left abruptly to cooperate with the panel in December.

Virginia Thomas urged White House chief to make relentless efforts to overturn 2020 election

In some comments, Ginni Thomas made a fervent appeal to Meadows to help overturn the 2020 election results. “Help this great president stand his ground Mark,” she wrote on November 10, 2020 . “Most know that Biden and the left are attempting the biggest heist in our history.”

Her text messages to Meadows, revealed in the spring, prompted her husband to withdraw from Supreme Court cases related to the 2020 election. They also renewed a push by some Democrats for an ethics code for the Court supreme

Senior reporter Rhonda Colvin breaks down the main takeaways from the Jan. 6 hearings so far. (Video: Casey Silvestri/The Washington Post)

Lawmakers have stressed that their work will continue throughout the summer, even after a prime-time hearing last Thursday that ended six weeks of televised testimony.

“The floodgates have opened,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” noting that Thursday’s prime-time session was expected to be final hearing when the committee initially planned for the summer. “But many more witnesses have come forward.”

Cheney said the committee has several interviews scheduled for the coming weeks, including with more senior members of Trump’s cabinet and his campaign.

Lawmakers remain focused on gathering information from the Secret Service, which the committee recently subpoenaed after the agency deleted text messages from Jan. 5 and 6, 2021, after the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General National Security had requested them.

Among the revelations from Thursday’s hearing was that members of Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail began to fear for their lives as the attack on the Capitol unfolded, with some calling their families to say goodbye, according to witnesses.

Cheney said she has been particularly concerned about Secret Service developments, noting that she was protected by Secret Service agents for eight years when her father, Dick Cheney, served as vice president.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of it,” Cheney said, adding that those watching the hearing should recognize “the really serious, serious threat that the vice president was under. And the agents protecting him certainly did a great service that day”.

The House Select Committee released dramatic footage detailing the chaos in Vice President Mike Pence’s office on Jan. 6, 2021. (Video: Julie Yoon/The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

On “Fox News Sunday,” Cheney said the committee was awaiting testimony from Anthony Ornato, former White House chief of staff for operations, and Robert Engel, a Secret Service agent who was the head of the security detail from Trump Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Ornato told her that Trump had lashed out at Engel. while in the presidential limousine on January 6 after Trump was told he would not be taken to the Capitol.

Analysis: The education of Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told ABC’s “This Week” that he remains confident on Hutchinson’s testimony and said the panel would “open the doors wide open” to hear those who allegedly dispute his testimony.

“What we have is a very credible witness in Cassidy Hutchinson, talking about what he had heard,” he said.

“Cassidy Hutchinson will go down in history as a hero, and she never tried,” Kinzinger added. “She’s just a young woman who speaks the truth more courageously than the vast majority of men in politics today.”

Committee members did not mince words about what they see as Trump’s dereliction of duty. But Cheney reiterated Sunday that the committee has yet to make a decision on whether to make criminal referrals of Trump to the Justice Department. Earlier this month, he said multiple criminal references for Trump were possible.

“I sure hope so [the Justice Department] have a criminal investigation at this time into Donald Trump,” Luria said. “I don’t have direct knowledge of the status of their investigations, but what I would say is that I can say that the Department of Justice is watching our hearings closely “.

Kinzinger said he believed there was evidence Trump committed crimes and hoped the former president would be prosecuted.

He added that he was concerned about the precedent it would set if the Justice Department did not prosecute him even if it had enough evidence to do so, and he had a clear message for those who continue to believe Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election will be stolen

“Ladies and gentlemen, and especially my Republican friends, your leaders have generally lied to you,” he said. “They know things that are very different from what they are telling you. They know that the election was not stolen, but they will send out fundraising requests, take your money and use you to stay in power. You are being abused “.

Naomi Nix and Laura Reiley contributed to this report.

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