Jan. 6 Committee Likely to Seek Testimony from Ginni Thomas

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    The Facts

    • Reports indicate that the House Jan. 6 Committee is planning to reach out to Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas, for an interview regarding her knowledge about the Capitol riots.

    • The decision to interview Thomas was subject to intense debate among the committee until her text messages with Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were revealed last week.


    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    So what if Ginni Thomas sent a couple of text messages to an old friend? This whole "scandal" really boils down to the left's dislike of Justice Thomas. There's no evidence Ginni Thomas ever encouraged violence or was present at the riots. There's no case for recusal here, much less for the liberal daydream of an impeachment.

    Democratic narrative

    Ginni Thomas' texts were not just friendly political banter. They reveal that she actively participated in Trump's efforts to overturn a free and fair election. Justice Thomas is bound by the same rules as any federal judge to recuse himself from cases in which his spouse has a considerable interest.

    Narrative C

    The real issue here is not Ginni Thomas but Trump. Instead of accepting the disappointing election results, he attacked the constitutional transition of power. Like the rioters on Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas wasn't acting in bad faith but merely supporting the leader of her party. If Trump hadn't pushed his election fraud conspiracy, none of these events would have happened.


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