What Trump family members say about January 6 insurrection?
- At least 3 of Donald Trump’s family members spoke to the House committee
- The House committee has interviewed more than 800 people so far
- The House committee is probing Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riots
Donald Trump, former president of the United States, whose lost re-election bid led to his supporters storming the Capitol building, has hardly been forthcoming about his conversations during the insurrection claiming executive privilege. However, several of his family members have testified before the US House committee investigating the January 6 riots. The committee is probing the former president’s role in the riots at the Capitol building.
While several of Trump’s associates have refused to testify before the House committee, three members of his family have submitted themselves for questioning – Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancé.
On Wednesday, POLITICO reported that Donald Trump Jr. has also met with the committee a day prior, but Opoyi has not independently verified the meet.
According to revelations made by lawmakers in the House committee and reported by Newsweek, both Ivanka and Kushner have corroborated other testimony that said that President Trump had been advised to call off the mob at the Capitol before the building was breached.
House committee chairman Bennie Thompson said, “They kinda [sic] supported the fact that the President was told he had to do something to stop the January 6 insurrection. That he had to be public with it, he had to be direct,” CNN reported. Thompson said the combined depositions helped fill “a lot of gaps.”
Ivanka testified before the US House committee for a straight eight hours days after Kushner appeared before the committee with “really valuable testimony”.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, who had worked on Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, met the House committee in April.
Meanwhile, former Trump advisors Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, and former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino have been held in contempt of Congress for their refusal to comply with the committee.
“I think it’s ironic that [Trump] would tell some people not to come and they follow his direction and get held in contempt of Congress,” Bennie Thompson said.
More than 800 witnesses have been interviewed by the House committee and is expected to hold public hearings next month.