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Jared Kushner will appear voluntarily in front of the January 6 committee this week

Jared Kushner appears voluntarily before Jan. 6 committee this week: Trump’s son-in-law refused to return to the White House during Capitol riots because he thought he would get into a ‘fight’ with the president

  • Jared Kushner is expected to appear voluntarily and virtually before the House selection committee on Jan. 6 as early as this week, ABC News reported Monday.
  • Kushner returned to Washington, DC from Saudi Arabia on the day of the January 6 Capitol attack
  • He refused to return to the White House because he expected a ‘fight’ with the president

Jared Kushner is expected to appear voluntarily and virtually before the Jan. 6 House select committee as early as this week.

ABC News reported Monday on Kushner’s expected participation as the committee prepares to vote Monday night on whether to hold Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress.

Kushner returned to Washington, DC from Saudi Arabia on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, and refused to return to the White House expecting a “fight” with the president.

Jared Kushner is expected to appear voluntarily and virtually as early as this week before the House selection committee on January 6

Jared Kushner is expected to appear voluntarily and virtually as early as this week before the House selection committee on January 6

Jared Kushner reportedly avoided former President Donald Trump (pictured) and the Oval Office after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, fearing he would get into a

Jared Kushner reportedly avoided former President Donald Trump (pictured) and the Oval Office after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, fearing he would get into a “fight” with then-president

In his book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl wrote about Kushner’s whereabouts, saying the president’s son-in-law and aide went “directly home” from Joint Base Andrews.

Secret Service agents had warned him it would be “dangerous” for him to go to the White House, Kushner later told people, the book said.

Kushner told a Republican congressman on January 7 that he had avoided the president and the Oval Office since the Capitol bombing.

“We’ll only get into a fight if I go there,” Kushner told the unidentified congressman, Karl’s book said.

Before the riots, Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, called Kushner to ask if he would try to convince the president that Pence did not have the power to undo the election when he passed the joint session of the Congress on January 6. †

Trump supporters surrounding the US Capitol on January 6.  Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff had asked Kushner to talk to the president to convince him that the VP did not have the power to undo the election during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.

Trump supporters surrounding the US Capitol on January 6. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff had asked Kushner to talk to the president to convince him that the VP did not have the power to undo the election during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.

House committee members dated January 6, including (from left) Speaker Bennie Thompson and Representatives Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin

House committee members dated January 6, including (from left) Speaker Bennie Thompson and Representatives Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin

“Talk to the president, please,” Short said to Kushner, according to Karl’s book. “He’s listening to you. Explain to him that the vice president’s role in counting the electoral votes is entirely ceremonial. He has no authority whatsoever to reject the electoral votes of a state.”

Kushner explained to Short, “You know, I’m really focused on the Middle East right now. I haven’t been involved in the election since Rudy Giuliani came in.”

Short called Trump’s thoughts on this a “big problem.”

“The president is being misled. Please talk to him,” Short said according to Karl’s coverage.

Kushner protested.

“I really don’t want to get involved,” Kushner said. ‘My focus is on peace in the Middle East.’

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