Four sources told CBS News that Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on Tuesday.
Trump Jr., according to sources, testified voluntarily and virtually. The interview, according to two sources, was “largely uneventful.” Another source said the interview lasted about three hours, that Trump Jr. did not take the Fifth Amendment, and that the conversation was “very cordial.”
Last week, committee chair Bennie Thompson said Trump Jr. was on the committee’s deposition wishlist and that the committee was in contact with him.
Before the attack on the Capitol, Trump Jr. spoke at a rally at the Ellipse on January 6. According to the Associated Press, he posted videos of his family and top Trump aides backstage. Former President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters at the rally to “walk down” to the Capitol as Congress counted the electoral votes.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.’s fiancee, also spoke at the Ellipse rally supporting Trump and his baseless election fraud claims. According to Thompson, the committee has also obtained evidence that Guilfoyle boasted about her role in raising funds for the rally. Investigators also believe Guilfoyle discussed Trump’s decision on who would be allowed to speak at the rally with others.
Guilfoyle has already testified in front of the House January 6 committee, nearly two months after her lawyers abruptly ended a voluntary virtual interview with committee staff due to frustration with the format. Guilfoyle’s testimony and records were later compelled by a subpoena issued by the panel.
According to text messages obtained by CNN, Trump Jr. texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows two days after Election Day, saying “we have operational control” to ensure his father was declared the winner in the 2020 election.
According to CNN, Trump Jr. texted Meadows on November 5 and said, “It’s straightforward.” He continued, “We have several options. All of them are under our control.”
According to CNN, those texts are among the records obtained by the House committee on January 6.
Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are the most recent members of the Trump family to testify before a House committee on January 6. Ivanka Trump met with investigators virtually in April, and her husband, Jared Kushner, voluntarily spoke with the panel in March.
However, some members of Trump’s team have refused to testify or provide documents to the committee. Steve Bannon, Stephen Meadows, Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino have all been held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas, and the Justice Department has charged Bannon. All have stated that they are acting on orders from Trump, who has asserted executive privilege.
The panel is nearing the end of its fact-finding phase and will begin hearings on June 9. Last week, Thompson announced that the committee would hold eight hearings this summer.
So far, the committee had issued dozens of subpoenas, including to Trump’s allies, former White House officials, campaign aides, and those involved in the planning of the rally outside the White House before the Capitol was besieged.
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Thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol on January 6 as Congress counted the electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step affirming Mr. Biden’s victory. During the riot, lawmakers were forced to flee, resulting in the deaths of five people and the arrest of hundreds more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi established the House select committee last year to investigate the attack. The House impeached Trump for inciting the riot one week later, but the Senate acquitted him.