Stephanie Grisham, a longtime member of Trump’s inner circle who resigned following the capitol attack, will meet with the House committee investigating the riot on Wednesday evening, according to a new report from CNN. Grisham’s appearance before the committee was set to unfold after a phone conversation between the ex-Trump official and panel member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who pushed for the former White House press secretary to appear before the committee.
According to CNN, Raskin’s phone conversation with Grisham involved her “knowledge of events behind-the-scenes at the White House on January 6… including knowledge of conversations involving former President Donald Trump that day.” A source for the outlet said that Grisham was “candid” in her discussion with Raskin, although the exact pieces of information that she may have revealed were not immediately clear. Grisham said in a memoir covering her time in the Trump administration that, in the wake of the violence around the Capitol breaking out, she texted then-First Lady Melania Trump to ask if she “want[ed] to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence.” Melania replied, “No.”
Jen Psaki on Jan. 6: "I would expect that Pres. Biden will lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol, and the singular responsibility Pres. Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw, and he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 5, 2022
At the time of that interaction, Grisham was serving as chief of staff to the First Lady. Melania first publicly mentioned the Capitol violence on January 11, as though she just about couldn’t care less about using her position as First Lady of the United States to do something meaningful for the country. Now, Melania has recently announced (among other things) an auction set to feature items including a white hat that she wore during a visit by the French president and his wife to the United States in 2018. It was the first official state visit by a foreign leader to the United States in the Trump era. According to a statement on Melania’s website, a “portion of the proceeds derived from this auction will provide foster care children with access to computer science and technology education,” although it’s unclear what the size of that “portion” might be.
New: White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden tomorrow will address Trump’s role in the Capitol attack — including the “singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage we saw.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 5, 2022