The House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the US Capitol met behind closed doors with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who advised former President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and is also his son’s fiancée. Donald Trump Jr.
The former Fox News personality was seen entering the committee’s offices around 10 a.m. Monday. The Daily Mail first reported her appearance.
His appearance came nearly two months after Guilfoyle and his attorneys abruptly ended a volunteer virtual interview by committee staff due to frustration with its format. At the time, his attorney said they had ended the interview after certain panel members showed up on the call, which Guilfoyle hadn’t expected. The panel, however, maintained that it had informed its lawyers that the members could appear. He later issued a subpoena to Guilfoyle, compelling testimony and records from him.
Guilfoyle’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his appearance Monday. In a March statement in response to the panel’s subpoena, he said she “would testify truthfully on any question. She has done nothing wrong.”
Guilfoyle is the latest member of the former president’s inner circle to appear before the panel. Trump’s daughter and former top adviser, Ivanka Trump, we met virtually with investigators for several hours earlier this month, following a request in January by the panel for him to appear. Her husband, Jared Kushner, also a former senior adviser to Trump, had volunteered to speak to the panel in late March.
In a March letter announcing the committee’s subpoena to Guilfoyle, the panel’s chairman said investigators learned Guilfoyle met with Trump and members of the Trump family on the morning of Jan. 6. Guilfoyle also spoke later at the Ellipse rally in support of the former president and the allegations of voter fraud against him.
House select committee chairman Bennie Thompson said the committee also obtained evidence that Guilfoyle touted his participation in the fundraiser for the Ellipse rally. According to the letter, investigators also believe Guilfoyle communicated with others. about Trump’s decisions about who would be allowed to speak at the rally.
Guilfoyle’s appearance comes as the committee aims to finish the fact-finding phase of their investigation. The committee has conducted more than 800 statements and interviews so far, and hoped to complete this phase early. April to prepare for public hearings. But as the panel got new information, it has been trying to collect more testimonials and records.
Last Thursday, the panel heard about eight hours of testimony from former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, CBS News has learned. Miller was initially subpoenaed by the committee last November.
The committee questioned Miller about Trump’s speech at the Jan. 6 Ellipse rally, focusing particularly on his use of the word “we” in certain lines of the speech, according to a source familiar with the online deposition. Miller pushed back on the idea that Trump’s language was somehow used to goad the crowd, according to the source. He also cited historical examples of the use of “we” in speech to show that it has been commonly used. Miller’s interview approach was first reported by The New York Times.
Investigators also questioned Miller about his involvement in the scheme to recruit “alternate” voters to help subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election, as well as his communications with lawmakers prior to the certification of the Electoral College results on January 6th.