From the moment that Donald Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, stood in front of the nation with a photo of a half empty lawn during Trump’s presidential inauguration and declared it the most well-attended inauguration in history “period!”, it became glaringly obvious that the job of Trump’s press secretary was going to be about soul-crushing humiliation as well as endless misinformation and lies.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. https://t.co/Qq097TeSrr
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 12, 2022
For former and now current-again Fox News personality Kayleigh McEnany, that job also includes answering questions in front of Congress about the lies she was directed to tell about the Big Lie, the one started by the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice that says that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him. Those lies later led to an act of violent, attempted insurrection by Trump’s supporters, and the committee investigating that insurrection requested an interview with McEnany.
CNN reports that:
‘According to a disclosure from the National Archives made in court in October, the committee is seeking “629 pages from multiple binders containing proposed talking points for the Press Secretary, interspersed with a relatively small number of related statements and documents, principally relating to allegations of voter fraud, election security, and other topics concerning the 2020 election.”‘
Former Trump press secretary and shameless professional liar Kayleigh McEnany appeared virtually before the House committee Wednesday.
Her summons was largely focused on false statements she made promoting baseless claims of voter fraud.#TheBigLiehttps://t.co/fy8RJq1ZSG
— Voter Action Project (@voteractionproj) January 13, 2022
Although it is unclear whether the committee believes that McEnany may have any other inside information relevant to the investigation, it is reportedly the directions she was given by the Trump administration to lie to the public about the election. Documents and communications have also been requested by the committee, a request still making the rounds through court while Trump sues to try to hide his actions.
‘The committee has requested a significant number of McEnany’s records from the National Archives, which are still tied up in court because former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block the committee’s access to his White House records.’
Congressional committee investigating the Capitol riot asks House Minority Leader McCarthy to voluntarily provide information about communications surrounding the Jan. 6. attack, shortly after panel members met with former White House Press Sec. McEnany. https://t.co/TfNuAratvR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 13, 2022
The investigative committee has so far called a number of witnesses, many of whom have complied with a few well-known exceptions, such as those from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump aides and advisors Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, as well as others.
Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who heads the committee, said that:
‘We need to know precisely what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election.’
"It's an example of how the committee's going to still be able to get insight into what was going on in the White House on Jan. 6 even as their records request for the National Archives remains tied up" – @alivitali on Kayleigh McEnany's deposition w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/cHxQd21RKG
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) January 13, 2022