US Supreme Court Justice Wife: One of the several witness transcripts hurriedly released by a congressional investigation into last year’s incident at the US Capitol was from the wife of a Supreme Court justice, who expressed regret for her texts promoting speculations about the 2020 presidential election.
Before it is anticipated that Republicans would dissolve the committee when they assume control of the House of Representatives in four days, the committee is rushing to make the disclosures this week. The probe has been referred to as a “witch hunt” by Republican former president Donald Trump.
Among the 56 witnesses mentioned in this week’s revelations were his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, former adviser Stephen Miller, attorney Rudy Giuliani, and White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson.
The committee blamed Mr. Trump directly for the unrest when they released their 845-page final report last week; many of their findings were based on the full interviews they are now making public. Together, the new transcripts depict a White House that was in turmoil following Mr. Trump’s loss of the election and immobile as his supporters besieged the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Here are a few noteworthy facts from the committee’s interviews with Mr. Trump’s family, associates, and supporters.
‘I Regret All of These Texts’
The panel interviewed right-wing candidates and activists who had supported Mr. Trump’s bogus allegations that the 2020 election had been rigged against him public.
After the Washington Post and CBS News reported that one of them, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative operative and the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging them to keep contesting the election results, she came under intense scrutiny.
Her texts sparked moral questions about the Supreme Court justice’s wife participating in partisan activities. When questioned about these texts by the committee on January 6, Ms. Thomas said, “I regret all of these texts.”
It was a difficult period, she admitted. I was probably acting emotionally, as I did when Mark Meadows was involved.
“I was concerned that there was fraud and irregularities that affected the election, but it wasn’t revealed in a timely fashion, so we have President Biden,” she said in her statement to the committee.
Melania Trump Allegedly Ignored Jill Biden
US media had already covered the purported habit of document burning by Mr. Meadows. Former Melania Trump chief of staff Stephanie Grisham testified that the first lady refused to accept an invitation to the White House for tea for her impending successor, Jill Biden.
She claimed that Mrs. Trump wanted to be on the “same page” as the White House, which was putting up a fight against some transitional initiatives.
According to Ms. Grisham, Mrs. Trump declined to post a tweet during the assault that urged her husband’s supporters to practice “peaceful protest” rather than “lawlessness and violence.”
Trump Deemed The Protesters In The Capitol To Be “Very Disgusting”
Ms. Grisham also discussed the acts of Mr. Trump during the riot. She informed the investigators that she had “heard from several people in the West Wing” that Mr. Trump “was sitting in the dining room, and he was just watching it all unfold, and that a couple of his comments – some of his comments were that these people looked very trashy, but also look at what fighters they were.”
“He seemed to enjoy the struggle these folks were putting up for him. He also disliked their appearance, however, “Ms. Grisham stated.
In The White House Fireplace, Supposedly, Were Documents Burned
The transcripts reveal the primary sources for numerous vital findings, which trickled out throughout the 18-month probe and 10 prominent hearings this year.
For example, in a recently made public transcript, White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson claimed she witnessed chief of staff Mark Meadows burning papers in his office fireplace between December 2020 and January 2021.
Ms. Hutchinson, who gave some of the most damaging testimony throughout the hearing about what happened on January 6, claimed she had no idea what was written in the records.
It is unclear how much more of the committee’s extensive collection of evidence they will make public before the next Congress convenes on January 3, 2023, as the group is likely to disband in the coming days.