The House Committee is investigating January 6 attack on the US Capitol will speak this week with conservative activist Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, committee chairman Rep. Benny Thompson said Wednesday.

Thompson did not say whether the committee would speak with Thomas on Thursday or Friday.

The committee asked Thomas to voluntarily appear before the panel after learning of it she corresponded with John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who helped develop a legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence into unilaterally throwing out the state’s electoral votes.

Thomas also sent emails to at least two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers in the days after the presidential election, urging them to name an alternate slate of presidential electors who would back former President Donald Trump. In addition, Thomas corresponded via SMS with Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows in the days after the 2020 election, urging him to overturn the election results.

The election committee of the House of Representatives is meeting on Capitol Hill on January 6
U.S. Representative Benny Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, speaks to reporters after a closed-door meeting with committee members at the U.S. Capitol on September 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Attorney Thomas confirmed last week that she would participate in a “voluntary meeting” with the committee. “As she has stated from the beginning, Mrs. Thomas is willing to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work related to the 2020 election,” Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, said in a Sept. 22 statement. “She is looking forward to this opportunity.”

The news comes as the committee was forced out adjourn the hearing which was scheduled for Wednesday due to Hurricane Jan. Thompson said Wednesday that a new date has not yet been set and that committee members are studying their schedules. The House of Representatives is scheduled to take a break at the end of the week.

Thompson said earlier this month that the committee plans to prepare an interim report in mid-October and complete it by the end of the year.

That would allow the committee to pass the November midterm elections. Two committee Republicans, Liz Chaney and Adam Kinzingerboth are leaving Congress in January. Cheney lost the Republican primary in Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger; Kinzinger decided not to run for re-election. Another member, Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, faces a tough re-election battle against Republican Sen. Jen Keegans.

Zach Hudak contributed to this report.