Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Kimberly Guilfoyle, fiancee of Trump Jr.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol subpoenaed Kimberly Guilfoyle Thursday, seeking to compel testimony from the Trump campaign aide after a heated disagreement when she sat down for a voluntary interview with the panel last week.
Guilfoyle, fiancee of Donald Trump Jr., spoke at the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol and, according to the committee, was involved in fundraising for the event.
She was also reportedly in the Oval Office the morning of Jan. 6.
“Ms. Guilfoyle met with Donald Trump inside the White House, spoke at the rally that took place before the riot on January 6th, and apparently played a key role organizing and raising funds for that event. The Select Committee is seeking information from her about these and other matters,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement.
“Because Ms. Guilfoyle backed out of her original commitment to provide a voluntary interview, we are issuing today’s subpoena that will compel her to testify. We expect her to comply with the law and cooperate.”
Guilfoyle claimed her voluntary appearance before committee investigators went sour when lawmakers who serve on the committee also appeared to ask questions — a common practice observed in numerous other depositions performed by the committee.
“Ms. Guilfoyle, under threat of subpoena, agreed to meet exclusively with counsel for the select committee in a good faith effort to provide true and relevant evidence,” Guilfoyle attorney Joseph Tacopina said in a statement last week.
But Tacopina said members of the committee also attended the interview, accusing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and others of “hijacking the interview” and adding that their concerns were “validated” after news of her interview was leaked to the media “within less than two minutes.”
The committee on Thursday said that while Guilfoyle “professed to want to cooperate” she produced only 110 pages in response to 14 document requests, going on to accuse her of being disingenuous about her concerns over lawmakers’ presence.
“Staff had in fact communicated to your attorneys that Members could be present, but nevertheless offered to reschedule the interview,” the panel wrote in its subpoena.
The committee paints a picture of a Guilfoyle actively involved in rally planning.
“You told one organizer that you ‘raised so much money for this. Literally one of my donors Julie at 3 million,’ a reference to Julie Fancelli, who did in fact finance the rally. You also communicated with others about the decision by President Trump about who was and was not allowed to speak at the rally, including concerns raised about him sharing the stage with people like Ali Alexander, Alex Jones, and Roger Stone,” the subpoena states.
Guilfoyle was filmed backstage at the rally telling people to “do the right thing.”
“We will not allow the liberals and the Democrats to steal our dream or steal our elections,” she said in her speech before the crowd.
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