Trump’s former senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has dismissed threats from then-White House attorney Pat Cipollone and his team to resign ahead of the January 6, 2021 riots, the calling it “groaning,” according to testimony released during Thursday night’s committee hearing.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots, asked Kushner in recorded deposition if he was aware of any instances where Cipollone had threatened to resign before January 6.
“I’m kind of, like I said, my interest at the time was trying to get as many pardons,” Kushner said. “And I know, you know, him and the team were always like, ‘Oh, we’re going to quit, we’re not going to be here if that happens, if that happens’, so I kind of agreed just whining, to be honest with you.
Cheney argued that Cipollone and his team’s threats to resign in light of plans for a Jan. 6 rally outside the White House and claims of a rigged election were a sign of the seriousness of the situation unfolding. unfolded in the final days of the Trump White Loger.
“This needs immediate attention,” Cheney said, adding that instead he was ignored by Kushner and others.
Kushner was one of several former Trump White House officials whose recorded testimony was played during Thursday night’s hearing, when committee members sought to argue that the Jan. 6 riots were the a direct culmination of Trump’s words and actions in the months following the 2020 election.
Former Attorney General William Barr testified that he thought Trump’s claims about a rigged election were “bull—-“, and Ivanka Trump, who is married to Kushner and also served as a senior White House adviser, said told the committee that she thought Barr was right. .