The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurgency interviewed Kellyanne Conway, who served in the White House as a senior adviser to then-President Donald Trump, about her conversations with Trump following his election defeat. in an interview that lasted about five hours. On Monday, two sources close to the committee’s work told CNN.
The committee asked specifically if she would have told acquaintances that Trump admitted to her that he knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The exchange was first recorded in Jonathan Lemire’s book ‘The Big Lie’ in which he recounts that, off-camera, Trump wondered ‘aloud to Kellyanne Conway how he could’ lose to Joe. Biden”.
When asked if Trump had ever admitted to him that he knew the 2020 presidential election hadn’t been stolen, Conway told reporters, “I’m not revealing these conversations. I think if they want to know that from him, they should file it. When reporters insisted the committee subpoenaed Trump for documents and testimony, Conway said, “They asked him so late though. I think the committee is almost over.
Further emphasizing why Trump wouldn’t speak to the committee, Conway posed, “Why would he do that?”
In response to a question about conversations she had with Trump or those in his orbit on Jan. 6, Conway told reporters, “I won’t talk about it because I may have talked about it. here,” referring to his interview.
After the interview, Conway told reporters that she did not invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Conway also said she hasn’t heard from the Justice Department.
In her book, “Here’s the Deal,” Conway revealed that she called the Trump White House on Jan. 6 to ask the former president to step in and call the rioters from the Capitol.
When asked if she had discussed those conversations with the committee, Conway said, “I can’t say what I was asked in the interview,” but when asked if Trump had received his message that day, she added, “it was forwarded to the president yes.”
When asked when she last spoke with Trump, Conway replied, “Last week he called me.” She also told reporters that she did not tell Trump she was meeting with the committee.
“He doesn’t know about me, maybe he knows about you,” Conway told reporters, referring to whether Trump knew about Monday’s meeting.
Conway, historically a strong Trump supporter, acknowledged in his book that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and said he received bad advice from those around him.
“Despite the mountains of money Trump had raised, his team just couldn’t get the job done. A job that was doable and had a clear path, if followed,” Conway wrote in his memoir, which was published in May. “Rather than accepting responsibility for the loss, they played along and cheered them on (in private, not on TV) when Trump insisted he had won.”
Conway’s interview demonstrates that the committee is still working to complete its investigation while simultaneously working to complete its final report before the Republican takeover of Congress in January.
Committee members are actively discussing what to include in the group’s final report, which they say will be released by the end of the year. Members expect him to focus on issues other than how Trump’s efforts to prevent the peaceful transfer of power fueled the violence that day.
The report will serve effectively as the committee’s closing statement, but with less than two months until the panel expires, as Republicans will take the majority of the House in January.
“I would like our report to be as broad and inclusive as possible,” said committee member Adam Schiff, a California Democrat. told CNN on Sunday. “We are discussing as a committee among the members what belongs in the body of the report, what belongs in the appendixes to the report, what goes beyond the scope of our investigation, and we will make those decisions collaboratively.”
This story and title have been updated with additional developments.