Associates of former President Donald Trump who were not referred to the DOJ for criminal charges are not exactly relieved after the depositions given to the January 6th Committee were made public. In fact, many of them are now likely even more worried about what evidence will be further investigated by the Justice Department.
Despite the GOP’s attempt to portray many of their allies actions around the events of that day as as forgetfulness, false conspiracy and eagerness to indict, the release of the report actually ended up serving more as an “incubator for evidence than a platform to charge all involved.”
According to one report, there are five Trump allies specifically that probably have the most to worry about, starting with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner:
“As with any Trump business transaction or social occurrence, you always have to first look close at the family tree. One of the earliest leaks from the report days before it was published was that it singles out a high level of uncooperative behavior from Ivanka Trump, from drawing blanks on logistical questions, to not remembering where she was during crucial time periods of Jan. 6 to convenient memory lapses. This could make her testimony suspect.
As for Kushner, one of the main questions to be answered from Jan. 6 is regarding what communication silos was Kushner using during the insurrection. Was he playing a role of reinforcement to the Trump family political contacts or was he leading a whole different lane of communications with his and the family’s corporate and business allies”
They continued with Julie Fancelli:
“There’s more than a passing theme of word irony when the heiress of the Publix supermarket chain is implicated via a public report in her role with the Jan. 6 scheme by funding bus transportation for hundreds of Trump supporters to the planned insurrection. During her deposition, Fancelli repeatedly attempted to invoke four different amendments in lieu of responding, whether those amendments were being used in the correct context or not. Ironically enough her deposition in which she is clearly grabbing for straws may lead to a mess that’s a lot bigger than a cleanup on aisle nine.”
And then Kayleigh McEnany:
“By turning over text messages from and around Jan. 6 to the committee earlier this year, McEnany may have saved herself from the highest level of initial scrutiny from a possible DOJ investigation, but as the transcripts come out there are lingering questions about McEnany’s role in the communications gap during the insurrection. Text messages between Trump administration surrogate Katrina Pierson and Mark Meadows have surfaced in the public report, where Meadows places full responsibility of the insurrection to Trump’s rhetoric and messaging. If that is the case, what was the responsibility of McEnany, then press secretary, in making sure the communication to stop the insurrection got to the general public?”
And lastly, the report mentions Stefan Passantio:
“To most, Passantino was just another Trump lawyer before the Jan. 6 report was published. Now Passantino is a ‘star’ of the report and under the spotlight for pushing former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to respond to her deposition with responses that she couldn’t recall specific details, and reminding her that the committee didn’t know what she knew and didn’t know. Now that Hutchinson’s two depositions, one during Passantino’s guidance and one after, are available to the general public, Passantino’s guidance will be under close scrutiny…whether he remembers it or not.”
The congressional committees are likely finishing reports quickly now to make referrals to the DOJ before the House returns to Republican control on Jan. 3 and turns their attention less real and important business.