WH Counsel’s Threat To Resign Was Just ‘Nagging’

WH Counsel’s Threat To Resign Was Just ‘Nagging’

WH Counsel’s Threat To Resign Was Just ‘Nagging’

  • During Thursday’s hearing, a video was shown of the testimony of former White House adviser Jared Kushner.
  • Kushner told the House committee he thought White House counsel’s threat to resign was “nagging.”
  • Trump’s son-in-law explained that threats of dismissal were relatively common.

Jared Kushner told the House Committee investigating the Capitol riots that he did not think White House attorney Pat Cipollone was serious when he threatened to resign during the violent January 6, 2021 insurgency.

“I know he and the team always said, ‘We’re going to step down, we’re not going to be here,’ if this happens, that happens,” Kushner, a top Trump White House aide and the son of former President-law, testified during an on-camera deposition before the House panel. “I actually took it just to whine, to be honest.”

Kushner’s comments were one of several new videos shown during Thursday night’s hearing on January 6, 2021.

Cipollone described Trump’s last-ditch efforts to undo the election as a “murder-suicide pact,” according to a report by the Senate Judiciary Committee on how the former president pressured officials after his loss in 2020.

Trump’s plan to oust then-Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with a loyalist who would pursue his disproven election fraud claims, Jeffrey Clark, is what pushed Cipollone to the brink, according to the Senate report and testimony of the House Committee.

Cipollone ultimately did not resign. He served until the end of the Trump administration after a stint of more than two years in which he played a prominent role in defending the Republican president during his first impeachment trial in the Senate in early 2020.

The Justice Department investigated Trump’s allegations of voter fraud and found no evidence to back up his claims. Still, the former president wanted Clark to take on the role of attorney general, sending a letter to five battlefield states stating that the DOJ had found election irregularities in their vote count and that they should consider a new list of voters. to certify him as the winner of the 2020 White House race.

House January 6 investigators showed the draft letter at Thursday night’s committee hearing.

Richard Donoghue, then acting attorney general, also testified before the commission that Trump’s request amounted to “nothing less than the Justice Department’s meddling in the outcome of a presidential election.”

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