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Trump White House spokeswoman learned mid-lunch about the Capitol riot, new transcript shows



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A newly launched transcript of Kayleigh McEnany’s interview with the January 6 committee revealed how the Trump White Home press secretary realized, whereas consuming lunch in her workplace, that the scenario on the US Capitol had turn out to be violent.

“I initially went again to my workplace to eat lunch, however I ultimately turned up the quantity on Fox Information,” McEnany informed the committee.

The Home committee investigating the January 6 assault on the US Capitol on Friday launched its newest batch of transcripts from interviews carried out in the course of the probe. The brand new transcripts embrace interviews with the previous press secretary and former President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

In keeping with the most recent tranche of paperwork, McEnany returned to the White Home from Trump’s rally on the Ellipse, and finally went to her workplace to eat lunch – a turkey sandwich.

Quickly, a CBS Information producer “stormed” into her workplace and requested for her “ideas concerning the Capitol.” McEnany stated she was “completely blindsided by what (the reporter) was referring to.”

She then alerted White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows concerning the reporter’s inquiry and concerning the stories of minor accidents on the Capitol, McEnany stated.

In some unspecified time in the future in the course of the riot, McEnany stated she acquired a textual content from deputy press secretary Judd Deere, who relayed that he was “getting requested if we’ve any response to folks storming Hill workplace buildings.”

When interviewed by the Home panel, Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP vice chair of the committee, pressed McEnany on her obvious inaction upon listening to stories of violence, implying a scarcity of urgency.

“[Deere] sends you a textual content message saying that individuals are storming, this says, Hill workplace buildings,” Cheney stated. “And also you had been simply consuming a turkey sandwich and simply didn’t – didn’t register?”

McEnany then rebuffed Cheney’s depiction, in keeping with transcripts.

“I positively reject the characterization that I used to be simply consuming a turkey sandwich and would ignore a textual content about Capitol Hill workplace buildings being stormed. I doubtless wouldn’t have seen it on the time,” McEnany replied, saying the textual content was doubtless despatched to her private telephone, which might have been on her desk.

“I under no circumstances, form, or type would eat a turkey sandwich if I believed Capitol Hill was being sieged,” she added.

McEnany met virtually with the committee in January after being initially subpoenaed final 12 months.

The general public launch of transcripts comes along with the committee’s final report, a complete overview of the bipartisan panel’s findings on how Trump and his allies sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election, launched late Thursday night.