Ginni Thomas Still Says 2020 Election Was Stolen: Bennie Thompson

Conservative activist Ginni Thomas reiterated her belief that the 2020 election was stolen on Thursday during an anticipated interview with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson.

Thompson, who chairs the House panel, told reporters after the interview that Thomas had stood by the unproven claim that the election was fraudulent, but did not offer many other details.

"It's a work in progress," Thompson said following the interview, according to the Associated Press. "At this point, we're glad she came."

Ginni Thomas Appears for Interview
Virginia Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, leaves a closed-door meeting with House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2022, in Washington, DC. Thomas reiterated her belief that the 2020 election was stolen on Thursday during an anticipated interview with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, initially came under scrutiny for texts sent to former President Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to push back against President Joe Biden's election win. In one November 10, 2020, text that was obtained by The Washington Post, she wrote that the "majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History."

"Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!...You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America's constitutional governance at the precipice," the text read.

Thomas also reportedly contacted lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, two states that Biden won in 2020, pressing them to choose presidential electors and set the Democrat's victory aside, according to emails also obtained by the Post. Additionally, news reports emerged in June that Thomas had allegedly emailed Trump campaign lawyer John Eastman, who reportedly developed a strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to not certify the election results.

The House committee interview came after Thomas' attorney, Mark Paoletta, reportedly told the panel initially that there wasn't a "sufficient basis" for her testimony. But earlier this month, he told the AP that his client would voluntarily speak with the panel, a move that followed calls for her to be subpoenaed.

Following her meeting with the committee on Thursday, Paoletta shared the following statement with Newsweek: "Earlier today, Ginni Thomas participated in a voluntary interview with the J6 Committee. She was happy to cooperate with the Committee to clear up the misconceptions about her activities surrounding the 2020 elections. She answered all of the Committee's questions."

"As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas had significant concerns about fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election," the statement added. "And, as she told the Committee, her minimal and mainstream activity focused on ensuring that reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated. Beyond that, she played no role in any events after the 2020 election results. As she wrote in a text to Mark Meadows at the time, she also condemned the violence on January 6, as she abhors violence on any side of the aisle."