As the House committee looking into the Jan. 6 protests at the Capital continues into its second year, Trump family members and high ranking officials are beginning to be questioned. Jared Kushner, son-in-law to Donald Trump, became the first family member interviewed this week.
According to sources, Mr. Kushner was questioned for over 6 hours.
The panel met virtually with Kushner — Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a former top White House adviser — after he voluntarily agreed to speak with the committee, which Trump has accused of conducting a “witch hunt.”
The source described Kushner as being cooperative and friendly, adding that he did the talking, as opposed to having his lawyers speak for him.
The committee did not immediately comment on Kushner’s appearance.
Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., a member of the Jan. 6 committee, told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that Kushner “was able to voluntarily provide information to us to verify, substantiate, provide his own take on this different reporting,” adding, “So it was really valuable for us to have the opportunity to speak to him.”
A representative for Kushner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Asked about Kushner’s planned interview this week, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the “White House has decided not to assert executive privilege over the testimony of Jared Kushner,” essentially allowing him to speak about discussions with Trump that would otherwise be considered confidential.
Several witnesses have refused to answer the committee’s questions by arguing that only Trump can waive that privilege, not President Joe Biden.
It’s unclear what exactly the committee asked Kushner. The panel had been expected to inquire about Trump’s false claims that he won the election and other information related to the deadly attack on the Capitol.
While Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, was in the White House and met with her father on Jan. 6, 2021, Kushner was returning to Washington from a trip to Saudi Arabia.
The panel’s investigators had also been expected to ask Kushner about any dealings he had with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in the lead-up to Jan. 6.
The Washington Post and CBS News reported last week that the committee has dozens of text messages between Thomas and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, in which they discussed keeping Trump in office after the election. One of Thomas’ texts, dated Nov. 13, 2020, appeared to refer to Kushner.
“Just forwarded to yr gmail an email I sent Jared this am. Sidney Powell & improved coordination now will help the cavalry come and Fraud exposed and America saved,” the message was reported to say.
NBC News has not independently reviewed the texts. A source familiar with the materials confirmed the veracity of the messages cited by The Post and CBS. Thomas did not respond to a request for comment last week.
The Jan. 6 panel, which has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and issued dozens of subpoenas, is also in talks with Ivanka Trump for a voluntary interview, NBC News has reported. Bedingfield said Tuesday that the White House would not assert executive privilege in her interview, either.
The Democratic party has done more to downplay the dirty tactics and illegal activities of Hillary Clinton, the incapability of both Biden and Harris, as well as corruption of Pelosi and yet they still want to turn an ill conceived demonstration ( stupid) into an insurrection and they continue to keep Trump in the news as they do their best to find something they can charge him with even when their investigation s keep turning out to be blunders of a liberal infused judicial system put into action by Hillary, obama, and Kerry. Has a party ever gone off the rails more and ever been more supported by the media.
The whole group of so called committee members are dumber than a bag of rocks if we’re not stupid they would not demorats setting on a witch hunt that’s wasting tax payer money oh I forgot they think it is their money they all need to be sent home next time their election comes up
NONE of the demon rats criminal attacks on trump , his family and his supporters will bare any fruits for them!! T HR eye will ALL eat $H!T come November!!🤬