Kimberly Gilfoyle broke off a meeting with the committee on Jan. 6 after details of her appearance were leaked, with her attorney accusing members of seeking publicity for a “baseless investigation.”
- Gilfoyle confirmed that she met with the committee on Friday, January 6th.
- But her statement accused attendees of “hijacking” the meeting for publicity.
- She reportedly believed that only lawyers and staff would be on call.
- And she refused when she discovered that the members of the Democratic Party were included
- Gilfoyle, 52, is engaged to former President Donald Trump’s eldest son Don Jr.
Kimberly Gilfoyle met with investigators from the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 US Capitol attack on Friday, but the meeting went awry as she and her lawyers clashed with members of the committee over her ground rules.
Gilfoyle, 52, is engaged to former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr.
And she was among the speakers who spoke at a rally on the morning of January 6 in front of a crowd of Trump supporters marching to the US Capitol.
But sources told CBS News that she and her lawyer abruptly ended the meeting after the details were leaked to the media.
Gilfoyle confirmed the interview with a statement criticizing the “baseless investigation” by her lawyer.
“Gilfoyle, under threat of subpoena, has agreed to meet exclusively with counsel for the select committee in a good faith effort to provide truthful and relevant evidence,” the statement said.
Kimberly Gilfoyle spoke to conservatives at the CPAC conference in Florida on Thursday. On Friday, she met with the committee investigating the January 6, 2021 violence.
Gilfoyle appeared with Donald Trump Jr. at the January 6 rally leading up to the violence.
“We will not let liberals and democrats steal our dream or steal our elections,” during her appearance at a rally just a few blocks from the US Capitol.
Gilfoyle issued a statement accusing committee members of trying to hijack the meeting in order to “publicize a manifestly unfounded investigation”.
“However, after the presence of Guilfoyle, the committee showed its unreliability, as members notorious for leaking information appeared.
“Then, when the lawyer briefly suspended the meeting to discuss the matter, our fears about the presence of committee members were confirmed, as the committee was leaked to the media in less than two minutes about the break, since the Chairman [Bennie] Thompson had done so just a month earlier, telling the press that our client’s phone records had been confidentially subpoenaed.”
A statement on behalf of attorney Joseph Tacopina said the hearing was “hijacked.”
“It is now abundantly clear to us that their only real interest was to sandbag our client and use today’s interview as a political weapon against President Trump and those who support him,” the statement said.
Sources told CBS News that the trouble began when Guilfoyle realized that committee members such as Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff of California and Jamie Ruskin of Maryland were present on the phone call.
Gilfoyle said she expected only lawyers and committee staff to be included.
“Kim was indignant and said that I don’t understand this,” one of them said.
After going through aides and advisers, the investigation gets closer to the Trump family.
The committee had already received the recordings of Guilfoyle’s subpoenaed phone calls.
In her January 6 speech, she said, “We will not let liberals and democrats steal our dream or steal our elections.”
It was revealed this week that Ivanka Trump is in talks to testify before the committee.
In a January letter to Ivanka, a House committee said they were seeking a voluntary interview about what she saw on January 6, including Donald Trump’s actions that day and his state of mind when his supporters stormed the Capitol.
The group also asked to hear from Eric Trump, the son of the former president who ran a business empire, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign and finances to his eldest son Don Jr.