the son-in-law of donald trump and top White House adviser while president, Jared Kushner, answered questions Thursday from the House panel investigating last year’s attack on Capitol Hill.
kushnerthe highest-ranking adviser to Trump and the first family member to testify so far, appeared privately via video conference on a voluntary basis.
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The House committee is piecing together a detailed account of the events of the January 6 assault, but also of the plot by the allies of Trump to nullify the 2020 presidential election and the disinformation campaign falsely claiming widespread fraud that led to violence.
kushner was returning from Saudi Arabia on January 6, 2021 and did not spend the night at the White House to the return United States.
Elaine Luria, a member of the Committee, told MSNBC after the appearance of kushner That this “was able to voluntarily provide us with information, to verify and substantiate his own opinion” about the choice.
The testimony of kushner culminates an intense period of almost daily revelations of the research.
Last week it was revealed that conservative political activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent more than two dozen texts promoting wild conspiracy theories and urging to the then White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to help nullify the 2020 election.
The name of kushner appeared in a message from Thomas dated November 13, 2020, when he told Meadows: “I just forwarded to your gmail an email I sent to Jared this morning…better coordination now will help the cavalry come in and the Fraud get exposed and United States be saved”.
The select committee has also requested the testimony of the wife of kushnerIvanka Trumpwho was at the White House on January 6 and begged his father to speak out against the violence, according to reports.
The White House said Tuesday that it would reject any claims of kushner or Ivanka Trump from “executive privilege” that allows presidents to keep certain work-related conversations private with aides.
The committee is nearing the end of its phase of research and is planning public hearings this spring.