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McEnany’s Texts Lead to Request for Ivanka Trump to Speak With Jan. 6 Committee

The former press secretary for Donald Trump appeared for a deposition before the select committee three weeks ago.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany looks on as President Donald Trump speaks to the press during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Kayleigh McEnany, a Fox News pundit who served as former President Donald Trump’s last press secretary, has shared text messages from her final weeks in the White House with the January 6 commission.

McEnany, who was by Trump’s side for several moments on the day of the Capitol attack, was subpoenaed in November to provide records and give testimony to the House select committee investigating the events of January 6. In mid-January, she appeared virtually to speak with commission investigators, skipping her Fox News program in order to give testimony.

McEnany has been cooperative with the committee’s requests, and has turned over her text messages from January 6 to the commission, a source familiar with the inquiry has said.

In a letter that accompanied her subpoena last fall, the select committee said that it wanted to speak with McEnany because of her “multiple public statements from the White House and elsewhere about purported fraud” in the 2020 presidential election, “which individuals who attacked the U.S. Capitol echoed on January 6.” The commission also noted that McEnany was “with former President Trump when he traveled to the Ellipse and spoke at the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, and ‘popped in and out’ to join Mr. Trump as he watched the attack on the U.S. Capitol later that afternoon.”

The commission requested documents and testimony from McEnany “regarding these and other matters.”

It’s possible that the text messages from McEnany have already led to credible evidence that will be used by the commission later on. Indeed, the select committee recently cited some of McEnany’s texts in its request for Ivanka Trump to testify — an ask that the former president said was “very unfair” despite the fact that Ivanka was with Trump on the day of the attack as a White House adviser.

Some of McEnany’s text conversations on January 6 were with her now-Fox News colleague Sean Hannity, who asked her to relay advice he had for Trump as the Capitol attack was unfolding. “1 – no more stolen election talk,” Hannity wrote to her. “2- Yes, impeachment and the 25th amendment are real and many people will quit.”

“Love that. Thank you. That is the playbook,” McEnany responded, adding that she would “help reinforce” that sentiment.

It’s also possible that McEnany’s text messages have provided the select committee with evidence of the plan to use former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election results during Congress’s certification process on January 6. In its request to Ivanka Trump, the committee noted that it had evidence that she had “direct knowledge” of Trump’s “attempt to persuade [Pence] to take action to stop the counting of electoral votes.”

McEnany’s consistent cooperation with the January 6 commission is unexpected given her allegiance to Trump even after the Capitol attack took place. McEnany spent her final weeks in the White House doing what she typically did as press secretary for Trump: avoiding answering questions from reporters.

McEnany is one of around 400 individuals who have agreed to speak with the January 6 commission so far regarding their knowledge of what transpired before, during and after the Capitol attack. When McEnany was subpoenaed, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), who chairs the commission, said that subpoenas were important in discerning “what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election.”

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