Jan. 6 Committee Preparing to Subpoena ‘Ginni’ Thomas

Redefining RINO, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday that the Jan 6 House committee is “fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena” for Virginia “Ginni” Thomas. This remarkable act, were it to take place, would compel the wife of a sitting Supreme Court justice to testify.

Even with the last scheduled public hearing over and little of substance being revealed, the committee continues to try to pull witnesses into its spectacle.

Cheney told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the House committee is working with Thomas’ legal representation. Their goal is to get her testimony under oath about the events at the Capitol and their aftermath in early 2021.

If, however, Thomas refuses the request, she could face being forced to appear and answer questions.

The longtime conservative activist is unlikely to voluntarily be interviewed after her attorney, Mark Paoletta, sent an eight-page letter to the committee detailing reasons for her not appearing.

He expressed “serious concerns” about Thomas, herself also an attorney, being compelled to testify. Paoletta said it has been a “particularly stressful time” for the family as well as other members of the high court.

Since the unprecedented leaking of the draft Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade in May and last month’s overturning of the 1973 ruling, the Thomases have endured “an avalanche of death threats and other abuse.”

He added that Mrs. Thomas is “eager to clear her name.” The committee is apparently fascinated by communications between herself and members of the Trump administration and others over the 2020 presidential election.

The communications, particularly with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, were in Paoletta’s words “entirely unremarkable.” Paoletta said she “was simply texting a friend.”

Going a step further, Paoletta noted several past instances when Democrats criticized the election process without being subpoenaed to testify before a panel hand-selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

He also highlighted comments by the committee chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in 2014. Thompson said then that Justice Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like Black people” and does not want to be Black himself.

This committee was handed the old-fashioned blank check to dig and rummage and settle political scores. Restating old details and pulling easily refutable “surprise” testimony out of the hat is not investigation, it’s grandstanding. And it’s unbecoming — even for Congress.