Reports: Jan. 6 committee seeks interview with Ginni Thomas; Jared Kushner expected to appear voluntarily

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is reportedly planning to request an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Seated as the audience applauds, Virginia Thomas, in red suit and pearls, turns to talk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with his wife, Ginni, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., in October 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

The committee’s plan to reach out to Ginni Thomas, which was first reported by CNN on Thursday, follows last week’s revelation that the panel has obtained 29 text messages between her and former President Donald Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in the weeks after the 2020 election, in which she urged Meadows to keep fighting to overturn the results of the vote and keep Trump in power.

It also comes amid reports that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who served as a senior White House aide during his presidency, is expected to appear voluntarily before the committee as early as Thursday.

Earlier this month, Ginni Thomas revealed that she had attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House. The rally preceded the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths and left more than 140 police officers injured. Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon that she was not involved in organizing the rally and that she left early, before things turned violent. She also insisted that her presence at the event was not related to her husband’s work on the Supreme Court.

But the latest revelations about her aggressive efforts to influence Trump’s bid to overturn the 2020 election results have prompted some Democrats to call for Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from certain cases.

The text messages, among the more than 2,000 messages that Meadows provided to House investigators, which were obtained by CBS News and the Washington Post, show direct communication between the justice’s wife and Trump’s top aide at a time when the then president and his allies were vowing to bring their case before the Supreme Court.

In January, Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter in the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision to reject Trump’s request to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from obtaining White House records concerning the former president’s activities leading up to and during the Capitol assault.

Thomas, 73, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, was recently hospitalized for an undisclosed infection after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” according to the court.