Jan. 6 commission questions Kellyanne Conway: Trump aide joins list of members of his inner circle to be interviewed as probe prepares to release final report
- Former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway appeared before the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising
- “I’m here voluntarily,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill
- She was not working for Donald Trump on Jan. 6, but reportedly called an aide with Trump that day to urge him to tell his supporters to back off
- The January 6 panel is completing its year-and-a-half investigation
- The final report is expected to be published before the end of the year
Kellyanne Conway, a former top aide to Donald Trump, appeared Monday before the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising.
“I’m here voluntarily,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill during a break.
She also said she spoke with Donald Trump last week.
Conway worked for Trump as his campaign manager in the 2016 election. She followed him to the White House, where she served as a senior counselor until August 2020, when she left to spend more time with her family.
She was not working at the White House on Jan. 6, 2021, but the Washington Post reported that she called an aide who was with Trump that day and said she joined others in urging the former president to release his MAGA telling supporters to resign.
Former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway appeared before the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising
Kellyanne Conway served as senior adviser to Donald Trump (see above with him in November 2016) but did not work at the White House as of January 6, 2021
She also told the aide that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office had called her, wanting her help in getting Trump to call in the National Guard to contain the rioters.
In her book about working in the Trump White House, Conway acknowledged that he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden and said that during that post-election chaos, he was poorly served by the aides around him.
Her interview comes as the committee is finalizing its report before this session of Congress ends in early January.
When Republicans take control of the House on January 3, 2022, the panel is expected to be dismantled. GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is critical of his work.
Trump has also criticized the commission, calling it a witch hunt. He sued the panel after it subpoenaed him.
The commission’s final report is expected to focus on efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine the 2020 election results and prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
It is expected to be unveiled before the end of the year.
“I would like our report to be as broad and inclusive as possible,” said committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
“We are discussing as a committee among the members what belongs in the body of the report, what belongs in the appendices of the report, what is beyond the scope of our investigation, and we will come to those decisions in a collaborative manner,” he said .
In its investigation, the committee interviewed around 1,000 witnesses and analyzed tens of thousands of documents.
It also held nine public hearings with testimony from many attendees on January 6, including Capitol Hill police officers and former White House staff.
The hearings showed new footage of the Capitol on that day, as Trump’s MAGA supporters stormed into the building, and included new details about what happened in the Oval Office as Congress prepares to certify the 2020 election results.
The final report will serve as a summary of the one and a half year long research.
It could include a criminal reference to Trump’s Justice Department and its allies.
MAGA supporters swarm the Capitol on January 6
The final report is also expected to include recommendations on legislation Congress could pass to strengthen the process of certifying an election after Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to return some voters to their home states.
The vice president has only a ceremonial role in overseeing the final certification of the Electoral College under the direction of Congress.
The panel is expected to hold a final hearing around the time the report is released.