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Donald Trump Jr. interviews with the January 6 committee after release of his texts to Mark Meadows telling his father to ‘lead’ because the riot had ‘gone too far’

  • The ex-president’s eldest child reportedly spoke with the committee for 3 hours
  • Trump Jr.’s interview was cordial and he did not invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions, sources told CNN
  • He texted ex-White House Chief of Staff about Trump the day of the Capitol riot, ‘He’s got to condemn this s*** Asap. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough’
  • Earlier in the day he was seen backstage with his father before the White House Stop The Steal rally that directly preceded the insurrection
  • The Capitol riot committee begins its televised public hearings on June 9
  • Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin suggested they would be explosive in nature
  • Trump Jr. is the latest family member to speak in the probe after daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump Jr.’s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle

Donald Trump Jr. spoke with the January 6 committee for around three hours on Tuesday, CNN reported the next day

Donald Trump Jr. spoke with the January 6 committee for around three hours on Tuesday, CNN reported the next day

Donald Trump Jr. met with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol as the panel’s probe narrows in on his father’s role in the riot, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Former President Donald Trump’s eldest child interviewed with the Democrat-led panel on Tuesday, CNN reported.

The three-hour interview was reportedly done remotely rather than in-person.

A source quoted in Wednesday’s report indicated Trump Jr. was at least somewhat cooperative, describing the meeting as ‘cordial,’ and claiming he answered questions without asserting the Fifth Amendment.

Of particular interest to the committee is a text Trump Jr. sent to his father’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as the ex-president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol: ‘He’s got to condemn this s*** Asap. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.’ 

‘He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand,’ he added. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to the committee and to Trump Jr.’s lawyer for comment.

Despite his sister’s prominent role in the Trump administration as a senior White House adviser, Trump Jr. had been among his father’s most vocal campaign surrogates on the 2020 trail.

He was also among the chorus of Trump allies parroting baseless conspiracy theories that the election was stolen by President Joe Biden.

Trump Jr. was known to have been with his father back stage during his White House ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6 last year, which immediately preceded the Capitol riot. 

The Democrat-led but bipartisan panel is expected to begin a series of public hearings on. June 9 that will go on for four weeks

The Democrat-led but bipartisan panel is expected to begin a series of public hearings on. June 9 that will go on for four weeks

They have interviewed several members of Donald Trump's inner circle about the ex-president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election

They have interviewed several members of Donald Trump’s inner circle about the ex-president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election

His testimony comes on the heels of an explosive CNN report that published earlier text messages between himself and Meadows, from days after the election on November 5.

Dressed in a navy blue peplum dress and studded stiletto heels, Trump Jr.'s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle - flanked by her legal team - arrived at the Capitol complex for her interview last month

Dressed in a navy blue peplum dress and studded stiletto heels, Trump Jr.’s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle – flanked by her legal team – arrived at the Capitol complex for her interview last month

Trump Jr. told his father’s top White House aide, ‘This is what we need to do please read it and please get it to everyone that needs to see it because I’m not sure we’re doing it.’

He told Meadows they ‘have multiple paths’ to overturning Biden’s electoral victory and ‘we control them all.’

The former first son is the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to be reported to have met with the committee, as lawmakers gear up to hold public hearings next month.

His fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump 2020 campaign official and former Fox News host, appeared on Capitol Hill in-person for a meeting with the committee.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner also spoke with the panel via remote video link. Both testimonies ran more than six hours and neither reportedly invoked any privileges to avoid answering questions.

The committee is set to hold public hearings across four weeks beginning on June 9.

Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin, suggested they would be explosive in nature in a statement late last week. 

‘We now have evidence to support the story of the worst presidential political offense against the Union in American history,’ Raskin said on April 29.

He added that the upcoming hearings ‘will expose every facet of the assault against our democracy and Constitution on 1/6.’ 

Trump himself has denounced the panel’s investigation as a ‘witch hunt.’

Earlier this week the bipartisan committee, led by Democrat Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson and Republican Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, requested the cooperation of three of their House colleagues.

GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Ronny Jackson and Mo Brooks remain some of Trump’s closest allies in Congress.

‘The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6th,’ Thompson and Cheney said in a statement.

‘As we work to provide answers to the American people about that day, we consider it a patriotic duty for all witnesses to cooperate. 

‘We urge our colleagues to join the hundreds of individuals who have shared information with the Select Committee as we work to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th.’

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