Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former US President Donald Trump and top White House aide, will answer questions Thursday from the House panel investigating last year’s attack on the Capitol.
Kushner, the top Trump adviser and the first family member to testify to date, appears voluntarily via a video link and has not been subpoenaed.
He returned from Saudi Arabia on the day of the January 6 uprising and did not spend the night at the White House on his return to the United States.
Kushner’s appearance caps off an intense period of near-daily revelations from the investigation.
It was revealed last week that Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has sent more than two dozen texts pushing wild conspiracy theories and urging then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to call for the election. of 2020 to undo.
Kushner’s name appeared in a message from Thomas dated Nov. 13, 2020, when she told Meadows, “I just forwarded an email to jr gmail, I sent Jared this message…improved coordination will now help the cavalry arrive and expose fraud and save America.”
It also found that White House logs given to investigators for the day of the uprising show a nearly eight-hour gap in Trump’s phone calls, including the span of the violence.
The commission is investigating whether it has the complete file and whether Trump communicated that day via telephones of assistants or disposable personal telephones with “burner”.
The select committee has also requested testimony from Kushner’s wife, former first daughter Ivanka Trump, who was at the White House on Jan. 6 pleading with her father to speak out against the violence, according to reports.
The White House said Tuesday it would reject any claim of “executive privilege” — which allows presidents to keep certain work-related conversations with aides private — by Kushner or Ivanka Trump.
The commission is nearing the end of its investigation phase and is planning public hearings this spring.
The Justice Department’s investigation into the attack, which killed at least five people, “has expanded to examine preparations for the rally that preceded the riots,” including those who “helped plan, finance and run” of the event, The Washington Post reported.
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