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Jan. 6 panel will consider Ginni Thomas subpoena if needed, Cheney says

The Jan. 6 House Select Committee will consider Virgini “Ginni” Thomas’ subpoena if she does not agree to a voluntary interview with the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, said Sunday.

Speaking on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’, Cheney, vice chair of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack, said she remains ‘engaged’ with the attorney. of Thomas and hopes “that she will agree to come voluntarily”.

“But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if she doesn’t,” Cheney told host Jake Tapper. “I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope she comes voluntarily. We have certainly spoken with a number of people who are in the same situation in terms of the discussions she had that you mentioned.”

After the committee signaled it would ask her to testify, Thomas told the Daily Caller last month that she was “looking forward to clearing up any misconceptions” and looking forward to speaking to the committee. But within weeks, his attorney, Mark Paoletta, pushed back against the committee’s request and asked lawmakers to provide a “better rationale.”

Thomas, the wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has come under scrutiny for her messages to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and state lawmakers after the 2020 election in which she questioned the results.

She also pressed 29 Republican Arizona state lawmakers in emails to help undo Trump’s loss, The Washington Post reported last month.

Thomas wrote that “the voter fraud co-conspirators” were “being arrested and detained for voter fraud at this time and in the days to come, and will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition,” according to the Post and other outlets. NBC News has not independently verified the text messages in which it also wrote: “Watermarked ballots in over 12 states were part of a huge Trump and military white hat sting operation in 12 Key battlefield states.”

Cheney also promised that the committee would “get to the bottom” of the deleted Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, which are now the subject of a criminal investigation.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the destruction of those text messages, which may have been relevant to investigations into the riot, two sources told NBC News. close to the file. Those sources said the results of the investigation could be passed on to federal prosecutors.

Regarding the missing text messages, Cheney said what the committee has “became aware of over the past few weeks is deeply disturbing.”

The committee, which has said it will hold further hearings in September, must “be able to get the information we need on Jan. 6,” she said.

Asked about the “State of the Union” whether her work with the committee would have been worth it if she lost her primary election next month, Cheney replied “without a doubt.” Cheney faces a tough re-election bid, with Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman leading Cheney by a whopping 22 points, according to a poll of Wyoming’s primary voters.

“I work hard here in Wyoming to win every vote, but I will also say this: I’m not going to lie, I’m not going to say things that aren’t true about the election,” Cheney added. “My opponents are doing this. … Just for the purpose of getting elected.”


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