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Jan 6 Panel Will Subpoena Justice Clarence Thomas’s Wife If She Refuses To Testify Voluntarily: Report

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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection is reportedly preparing to issue a subpoena for Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife over texts with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, sources with knowledge of the Panel’s discussions told CBS News.

Thomas’ stunning exchanges with Meadows have caught the attention of the House investigators and members of the Jan 6 panel want to talk to her about her involvement in the planning of the rally that preceded the attack on the US Capitol, and will issue a subpoena if necessary, the sources said.

At least two committee members, the people said, were making private calls to colleagues on Friday, encouraging more discussion of a subpoena for Ginni Thomas. But there’s not yet any consensus on the committee about whether to move forward, they said.

A report published by The New York Times on Sunday revealed the extent of Ms. Thomas’s involvement in the right-wing efforts to keep Donald Trump in power.

According to the report, Ms. Thomas sent messages that had been making the rounds on pro-Trump sites, where anger over the election echoed her own raw feelings, including this passage: ‘Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.”

She texted Mr. Meadows again the next day. “Do not concede,” she wrote. “It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back,” The Times reported.

Ms. Thomas has openly opposed the committee and called for Republicans who serve on it to be expelled from the House Republican conference. Now, the disclosures of the text are raising questions about how Ms. Thomas may have leveraged her marriage to Justice Thomas, who was the only justice who noted a dissent when the court allowed the release of records from the Trump White House related to the Jan. 6 attack.