Kellyanne Conway meets with Jan. 6 committee for nearly 5 hours

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WASHINGTON — Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway met for nearly five hours Monday with investigators from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.

The commission did not publicly issue a subpoena to Conway, and aides declined to comment on whether she had been given one in private. The panel declined to comment on her appearance on Monday.

The closed-door meeting took place at the O’Neill House Office Building, where Conway entered a conference room with attorney Emmet Flood, a White House attorney for former President Donald Trump.

Conway spoke to the committee on the record, said two sources familiar with her appearance.

Speaking to reporters around 3 p.m. after the meeting ended, Conway said she did not invoke the Fifth Amendment at any point Monday.

Earlier, when Conway left the conference room for a break, she told reporters, “I’m here voluntarily.” Asked when she last spoke to Trump by a reporter, Conway said he called her last week.

Conway served as Trump’s senior adviser from the start of his term through August 2020. She decided to leave administration because she said she needed to focus on her family. She also served as campaign manager for Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.

Conway told reporters Monday that she is not working on Trump’s 2024 campaign.

Although Conway was not working for Trump on Jan. 6, The Washington Post said in a report that named 15 Trump advisers, congressmen, GOP officials and other Trump confidants that she called an aide who was with the president that day and said she joined others in urging Trump to tell his supporters to resign. Conway also told the aide that she received a call from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office asking for help getting Trump to call in the National Guard, the Post reported.

The commission is expected to issue a final report on its investigation into the 2021 riot before the end of the year, before the new Congress convenes in January. The panel is not expected to be in the new GOP-supervised house next year.

Before Thanksgiving, the panel interviewed Bobby Engel, who was lead Secret Service agent for Trump when the riot happened and whose statements could influence the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a top aide to the former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Hutchinson testified in the summer that she was told Trump tried to grab the wheel in an armored SUV and lunged at his security personnel when he learned he would not be taken to the Capitol after his Jan. 6 rally.

In early November, commission investigators were scheduled to meet with a Secret Service agent who was in the front car of Trump’s motorcade on the day of the riot.

Zoe Richards contributed.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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