Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., went before the House Select Committee on January 6 for a voluntary interview, according to various people familiar with his presence. Trump Jr. is scheduled to go before the committee as it winds up its investigation and prepares for at least eight public hearings next month, according to ABC News.
The committee did not respond to a request for comment. After Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both of whom worked as key White House aides to former President Donald Trump, were interrogated in recent weeks, the president’s son was the latest member of the Trump family to speak with the committee.
Trump Jr.’s fiancée, Kimberly Guilfoyle, has also met with the committee twice. The second conversation, according to sources, was tense at points and focused in part on fundraising efforts for Trump’s “Save America” event on Jan. 6, 2021.
According to reports, former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows gave over Trump Jr.’s text exchanges to the committee. MORE: Donald Trump Jr. is set to meet with a committee on January 6: Sources. “He’s got to denounce [the violence] ASAP,” Trump Jr. texted Meadows, according to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the panel’s vice chair, who quoted extensively from text messages sent to Meadows and others.
According to people familiar with the situation, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault will speak with Donald Trump Jr. in the coming days. According to ABC News, Trump Jr.’s presence is optional and comes after the committee invited him to talk with its investigators. He has not been summoned by the panel. Trump Jr. would be the latest Trump family member to meet with the committee. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both prominent White House advisors to former President Donald Trump, were interrogated by the panel in recent weeks.
An attorney representing Trump Jr. did not reply to an ABC News request for comment right away. Trump Jr.’s fiancee, Kimberly Guilfoyle, met with the committee for the second time earlier this week in an interview that sources said was contentious at times and centered in part on Trump’s “Save America” rally on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021.
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According to reports, Trump Jr.’s text messages were among those handed over to the committee by the former chief of staff Mark Meadows. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the panel’s vice chair, cited extensively text messages received to Meadows during the incident from Fox News hosts, GOP congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr., as ABC News previously reported.
Cheney stated at the time that the texts showed “no doubt” that the White House “knew exactly what was going on” during the violence at the Capitol. According to Cheney, Trump Jr. informed Meadows in a text message that Trump’s tweet regarding Capitol Police “is not enough,” and that “he’s got to denounce the disturbance ASAP.”
Meadows said, “I’m pushing it hard.” “I concur.” In a follow-up message, Trump Jr. added, “We need an Oval Office address.” “Now he must take command. It has gotten out of hand and has gone too far.” According to ABC News, the committee is slated to hold public hearings in June and eventually write a report on its findings.
Behind closed doors, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol incident questioned Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, and a GOP operative and fundraiser.
According to messages obtained and reported by ProPublica last year, Guilfoyle spoke at the Jan. 6 protest outside the White House that preceded the attack on the Capitol and reportedly boasted about her rally fundraising.
Guilfoyle also worked for Trump’s 2020 campaign as a fundraiser. Joe Tacopina, an attorney for Guilfoyle, accused committee members of leaking information about her appearance before the panel for political gain.
“The Committee’s untrustworthiness was evident upon Ms. Guilfoyle’s arrival, when individuals known for leaking information arrived. Then, when counsel momentarily paused the hearing to handle the issue, our fears about the Committee’s members’ attendance were confirmed, as the Committee leaked knowledge of the break to the media in less than two minutes” In a statement, Tacopina added.
“While Ms. Guilfoyle had hoped that the Committee was acting in good faith to discover the truth,” Tacopina said, “it is now abundantly clear to us that their only real interest was to sandbag our client and use today’s interview as a political weapon against President Trump and those who support him.”
Guilfoyle’s attendance, which was originally reported by NBC, was met with silence by a committee representative. The Jan. 6 committee has also collected Guilfoyle’s mobile phone records as part of its inquiry, as ABC News has reported.