WASHINGTON — The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot issued a subpoena Thursday to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the fiancée of Donald Trump Jr., for data referring to final 12 months’s assault on the U.S. Capitol.
“Ms. Guilfoyle met with Donald Trump contained in the White Home, spoke on the rally that came about earlier than the riot on January sixth, and apparently performed a key function organizing and elevating funds for that occasion. The Choose Committee is looking for data from her about these and different issues,” the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., stated in a press release Thursday. “We anticipate her to adjust to the regulation and cooperate.”
Guilfoyle is without doubt one of the closest associates of the Trump household to be subpoenaed by the Home committee. Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of former President Donald Trump, is in talks with the Jan. 6 committee to voluntarily take part in an interview and has not been subpoenaed.
In a letter to Guilfoyle made public Thursday, Thompson stated, “President Trump met with you, a number of members of his household, and others within the Oval Workplace the morning of January 6, 2021, which was additionally when he final spoke with Vice President Pence (by cellphone) previous to the joint session of Congress to certify the outcomes of the Presidential election.”
He stated the panel additionally had data that Guilfoyle “communicated with others in regards to the resolution by President Trump about who was not allowed to talk on the rally, together with considerations raised about him sharing the stage with folks like Ali Alexander, Alex Jones and Roger Stone.”
Guilfoyle spoke on the rally on the Ellipse on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, and praised the group as “patriots who won’t allow them to steal our election!”
Thompson stated she was recorded backstage on the occasion telling folks: “Have the braveness to do the appropriate factor. Battle!”
Guilfoyle voluntarily made a digital look earlier than the committee late final month, however the interview shortly went off the rails. On Feb. 25, she tweeted a press release from her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, arguing that the members of the panel broke the phrases of their settlement, which he stated was to have solely employees attorneys current for the interview.
Thompson disputed the characterization in his letter to Guilfoyle. “Employees had in truth communicated to your attorneys that Members could possibly be current, however nonetheless provided to reschedule the interview. You declined,” he wrote.
In Thursday’s assertion, Thompson stated that as a result of Guilfoyle had “backed out of her authentic dedication to offer a voluntary interview, we’re issuing immediately’s subpoena that can compel her to testify.”
Tacopina responded in a press release saying: “This Committee has routinely abused their energy and has made clear by their deceitful and immoral practices that they don’t seem to be guided by a seek for the reality, however relatively an try to wrongly smear President Trump, his household, and his supporters. Once more, she is going to testify truthful to any query. She has executed nothing improper.”
Thompson informed reporters Wednesday that the panel hoped to complete with depositions by April 1, with plans to carry public hearings later within the month. He additionally stated the committee goals to launch an interim report in June.
The panel has interviewed greater than 550 witnesses, Thompson stated. The newest interview came about Thursday, with former deputy White Home press secretary Judd Deere, who was subpoenaed in January. Deere spoke with the committee for about six hours.
A supply acquainted with his subpoena has stated the panel was looking for firsthand data of Trump’s actions earlier than and through the assault on the Capitol.
In a authorized transient filed in federal court docket Wednesday, the committee stated it “has a good-faith foundation for concluding that” Trump and “members of his Marketing campaign engaged in a legal conspiracy to defraud the USA.”
Trump has not been charged with any crime. The Jan. 6 committee can refer circumstances for prosecution, however the referrals should not binding.
In a press release Thursday, Trump stated, “The precise conspiracy to defraud the USA was the Democrats rigging the Election, and the Faux Information Media and the Unselect Committee overlaying it up.”
Julia Jester and Ali Vitali contributed.