In March, The Washington Post reported Thomas had texted Meadows repeatedly, pushing against conceding the election while sharing conspiracy theories and criticizing then-Vice President
According to a transcript released Friday of her deposition with investigators and members of the committee studying the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, Thomas said she stays in the “political” lane at home and her husband stays in a “legal” lane.
“He’s uninterested in politics,” she said. “I did not speak with him at all about the details of my post-election activities, which were minimal.”
She later added, “He had no idea I was texting Mark Meadows about the election,” though she conceded that a “best friend” she had talked to in one text to Meadows was likely her husband.
Thomas said she regrets the tone of her texts to Meadows, and that they became public. Her activities on
Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, said she worked to get state legislators to focus on claims of voting fraud, and said she had a “gut” feeling starting on election night that something was wrong.
“I thought the election was not going the right way,” she testified. “I think I hoped that state legislators could identify fraud and irregularities in a timely way before it was too late.”
She also testified that she stepped away from some conservative activism around the election because, she said, they were discussing legal matters and her presence, given her husband’s job, could have a “chilling” effect on some people.
But she continued to talk to Meadows and other top White House advisers. She said she remembers sending an email to Trump’s son-in-law,
And she said she was disappointed in Pence for wanting to concede the election before Trump was willing to do so. On Jan. 10, 2021, she sent a text saying “most of us are disgusted with the VP and are in a listening mode to see where to fight with our teams.”
She also texted Meadows that
“I was just hopeful that someone with capacity could get at the fraud,” she told the committee.
The Thomases faced scrutiny after her text messages to Meadows and other communications turned up. Some have suggested her husband should have recused himself from election-related cases given her involvement.
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