- Video of the testimony of former White House aide Jared Kushner was shown at Thursday’s hearing.
- Kushner told the House committee that he thought the White House lawyer’s threat to resign was “whining”.
- Trump’s son-in-law explained that threats of dismissal were a relatively common occurrence.
Jared Kushner told the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that he didn’t think White House Counsel Pat Cipollone was serious when he threatened to resign over the violent insurrection of January 6, 2021.
“I know he and the team were always saying, ‘We’re going to resign, we’re not going to be here’ if this happens, this happens,” said Kushner, one of Trump’s top advisers in the White House and the former president’s son. -law, testified during an on-camera testimony before the House panel. “I kind of took it to just whine, to be honest with you.”
Kushner’s remarks were one of several new videos shown at the Thursday night hearing on January 6, 2021.
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Cipollone described Trump’s latest efforts to overturn the election as a “murder and suicide pact,” according to a Senate Judiciary Committee report on how the former president pressured officials after his 2020 defeat.
Trump’s plan to oust then-Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with a loyalist who would seek his election fraud allegations disproved, Jeffrey Clark, was what brought Cipollone to the brink, according to the Senate and the testimony of the House committee.
Cipollone did not finally resign. He served until the end of the Trump administration after a stint of more than two years that included a prominent role defending the Republican president during his first Senate impeachment trial in early 2020.
The Justice Department investigated Trump’s election fraud allegations and found no evidence to support his claims. Still, the former president wanted Clark to take over as attorney general and send a letter to five battle states declaring that the DOJ had found electoral irregularities in their vote counts and that they should consider naming a new ticket. of voters that would certify him as the winner of the election. White House Race 2020.
House investigators on Jan. 6 aired the draft letter at the committee’s Thursday night hearing.
Richard Donoghue, the acting attorney general at the time, also testified to the committee that Trump’s request amounted to “nothing less than the Department of Justice meddling in the outcome of a presidential election.”