House January 6 select committee hears from former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh mcenany appeared on Wednesday before the Select Committee of the House investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson told CBS News on Wednesday afternoon that the appearance was virtual and “lasted all day.”

McEnany was the main spokesperson for Trump’s White House when hundreds of supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol last January to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. McEnany had also served as an adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign.

The select committee subpoenaed the Fox News personality for the first time in November, asking him to appear for a deposition and turn over the files.

The committee’s interest in speaking to her stems in part from “several public statements” she made to promote the former president’s baseless fraud allegations in the November 2020 election, according to a letter the panel sent to McEnany.

Summons to appear for violation of the Capitol
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stands onstage during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump at the Prescott Regional Airport October 19, 2020, in Prescott, Arizona.

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The committee also noted in its letter that McEnany was with the former president on January 6 when he traveled to the Ellipse, where he would deliver a speech in front of his supporters urging them to “fight like hell” and “stop the theft”.

The letter also pointed to a report in the book “I Alone Can Fix It” which stated that McEnany “walked in and out” to join Trump as he watched the attack unfold that afternoon.

Thompson said on Wednesday the committee issued about 85 subpoenas, including Trump allies, former White House officials, campaign aides and those involved in planning the White House rally before the Capitol is not under siege. Two great allies of Trump, former strategist Steve bannon and former White House chief of staff Marc des meadows, were charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas, and the The Justice Department indicted Bannon. Both said they were following instructions from Trump, who claimed executive privilege.

The Special House Committee, established by Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this year, is investigating the January 6 attack, when thousands of Trump supporters descended on Capitol Hill as Congress counted the electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step affirming Mr. Biden’s victory. Lawmakers were sent on the run amid the riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people and the arrests of hundreds more. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to “go” to Capitol Hill during the Stop the Steal rally, was indicted by the House a week later for incitement to riot but was later acquitted by the Senate.

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