Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was amongst a number of witnesses to testify earlier than a grand jury in latest weeks concerning the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, US media reported on Thursday.
Testifying at a federal courthouse in Washington DC final month, Kushner, a former White Home adviser to Trump, mentioned it was his impression that Trump really believed the 2020 election was stolen, the New York Occasions reported, citing an individual briefed on the matter.
CNN, which confirmed the Occasions’ reporting, reported that former Trump aide Hope Hicks additionally testified earlier than the grand jury.
Different former Trump allies have already appeared earlier than the grand jury. In April, Mike Pence testified for seven hours behind closed doorways, which means the main points of what he instructed the prosecutors within the case stay unsure.
Jack Smith, the particular counsel, was appointed by the US lawyer common, Merrick Garland, final November to take over two justice division investigations involving Trump.
In a single case, Trump was indicted over his dealing with of labeled paperwork after leaving the White Home in January 2021. He pleaded not responsible. The second is an investigation into efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 US election that Trump misplaced to Democrat Joe Biden.
A spokesperson for Smith’s workplace declined to touch upon the New York Occasions report. A consultant for Kushner couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Trump, the frontrunner within the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, faces mounting authorized issues. Prosecutors in New York Metropolis charged him in April in a case involving an alleged 2016 hush-money fee to an grownup movie star.
Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed that he received the 2020 election and that Biden’s win resulted from fraud. Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 in a failed bid to cease Congress from certifying Biden’s win. In a reversal of its place, the justice division this week mentioned Trump will be held personally responsible for remarks he made concerning the author E Jean Carroll, who says he sexually attacked her within the mid-Nineties.