Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s oldest son met with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. It appears as though the bipartisan House committee is moving closer to Trump's inner circle of close friends, political advisors, and family.
The younger Trump is of likely interest to the committee because he was seen at his father's rally just before supporters marched on Capitol Hill and breached its grounds. He also had several social media videos posted during that time period..
Donald Trump Jr. posted videos on social media during the attack that killed five people either shortly before, during, or following the event. He was seen with his now-fiancée, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and other family members as they prepared for a speech by the former president who investigators believe inspired supporters to act violently that day.
According to AP News, the committee has texts from Donald Trump Jr. where it seems he “pleaded with the White House to get his father to forcefully condemn the riot.”
He wrote to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows that “We need an Oval address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”
The Jan. 6th committee has interviewed nearly 1,000 people so far, including Trump Jr’s sister Ivanka, who sat down with them for 8 hours in early April. Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, has been interviewed as well.
But not all of the former president's allies are cooperating with the committee. Some are being referred to the Justice Department for possible contempt of Congress charges after they refused to cooperate with a committee investigation. One suspect, Stephen Bannon, was indicted last year when he wouldn't provide information and the case is still pending.
The committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans has been looking into the Jan. 6th attack for nearly 11 months.