Cheney says the January 6 commission will consider subpoenaing Jenny Thomas if necessary

The House committee investigating the January 6 riots will consider a subpoena for Virginia “Jenny” Thomas if she does not agree to a voluntary interview with the committee, the MP. Liz CheneyR-Wyo, said Sunday.

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Cheney, the commission’s vice chair, said the commission has been “working” with Thomas’ attorneys and hopes “you’ll agree to attend voluntarily.

“But the committee is fully prepared to consider a subpoena if it doesn’t,” Cheney told host Jake Tapper. “I hope you don’t get to that. I hope you come voluntarily. We’ve certainly spoken to a number of people who are in a similar situation regarding the discussions you’ve been having that you mentioned.”

After the commission indicated that it would ask her to testify, Thomas He told the Daily Caller: Last month she said she “cannot wait to clear up misconceptions” and was looking forward to “speaking to” the committee. But within weeks, her attorney, Mark Pauleta, rejected the commission’s request and asked lawmakers to submit “better justification. “

Thomas is the wife of Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, She was scrutinized for her messages sent to Former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows and state lawmakers after the 2020 election in which they questioned the results.

It also lobbied 29 Republican lawmakers in Arizona in emails to help reverse Trump’s loss, The Washington Post reported Last month.

“The conspirators involved in polling fraud have been arrested and detained for poll fraud at present and over the coming days, and will be living in boats off GITMO to face military courts for sedition,” Thomas wrote, according to Mail and other outlets. NBC News did not independently verify the text messages, which also wrote: “Watermarked ballots in more than 12 states were part of a massive Trump and White Hat military operation in 12 major battlefield states.”

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

Last week, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security launched a criminal investigation into the surrounding circumstances Destroy those text messageswhich may be related to inquiries about riottwo sources Knowing about it for NBC News. Those sources said that the results of the investigation could be referred to the Federal Prosecution.

On the missing text messages, Cheney said what “the commission has learned over the past several weeks is deeply concerning.”

She said the committee, which said it would hold more hearings in September, “should be able to get the information we need on January 6”.

Asked by State of the Union whether her work with the committee would be worth it had she lost her primary next month, Cheney said, “Without a doubt.” Cheney faces a tough re-election bid with Trump-backed rival Harriet Hageman Cheney driving By up to 22 points, according to one poll of primary voters in Wyoming.

“I work very hard here in Wyoming to win every vote, but I will also say this: I will not lie, I will not say untrue things about the election,” Cheney added. “My opponents are doing this…simply for an electoral purpose.”

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