In an eight-page letter sent to the committee on Tuesday, Thomas’s attorney Mark Paoletta wrote that his client is willing to testify before the committee to clear her name, but asked for the panel to provide better justification for why her testimony is necessary.
“Before I can recommend that she meet with you, I am asking the Committee to provide a better justification for why Mrs. Thomas’s testimony is relevant to the Committee’s legislative purpose,” Paoletta wrote in the letter.
Paoletta noted his client’s text message chain with Mark Meadows, former President Trump’s chief of staff, writing that her views on the 2020 election were “personal,” adding she was just passing information she first saw to meadows in their text exchange.
“Importantly, Mrs. Thomas never claimed to have first-hand knowledge about election fraud,” he added. “Rather, she stated that she was just passing along information that she had heard from others. She also expressly condemned those who attacked the Capitol on January 6, asked some questions, and expressed general frustrations. For instance, she expressed concern about the future of our country under President Biden’s leadership.”