The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 incident met with Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of the Trump family’s closest acquaintances, for closed-door testimony on Friday, but the meeting swiftly devolved.
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host who worked on former President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and is engaged to his son, Donald Trump Jr., spoke at Trump’s rally near the White House on Jan. 6 that preceded the Capitol brawl.
Guilfoyle said she spoke with the committee in a statement issued by her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, on Friday morning. However, according to the statement, members of the panel violated their agreement, which stipulated that only staff lawyers be present for the interview.
“Ms. Guilfoyle consented to meet exclusively with lawyers for the select committee under fear of subpoena in a good faith effort to disclose factual and relevant material,” according to the statement. “However, Ms. Guilfoyle’s presence revealed the committee’s trustworthiness, as individuals known for leaking information showed up.
Then, when counsel momentarily paused the meeting to resolve the issue, our worries about the committee’s presence were confirmed, as the committee leaked knowledge of the break to the press media in less than two minutes.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and “multiple other members” were singled out by Tacopina for what he described as “a brazen attempt to publicize an obviously baseless investigation,” alleging that the members’ “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 phone records had already been subpoenaed by the committee. Guilfoyle “has information of interest to the select committee and has given documents related to our investigation,” according to a statement from the panel’s spokesperson.
Her failure to answer questions would “force the select committee to compel her testimony in a future deposition,” according to the statement.
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“The select committee had hoped she would follow in the footsteps of dozens of previous witnesses and take part in a voluntary transcribed interview with staff and committee members.” According to the statement, “Ms. Guilfoyle has now declined to do so.”
Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter, is also in talks with the committee to volunteer for an interview.