A newly released transcript of Kayleigh McEnany’s Jan. 6 committee interview revealed how Trump’s White House press secretary learned, while having lunch in his office, that the situation in the U.S. Capitol she had become violent.
“At first I went back to my office for lunch, but eventually I turned up the volume on Fox News,” McEnany told the committee.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Friday released its latest batch of transcripts of interviews conducted during the investigation. The new transcripts include interviews with the former press secretary and former President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.
According to the latest batch of documents, McEnany returned to the White House after Trump’s rally on the Ellipse and eventually went to his office for lunch: a turkey sandwich.
Soon, a CBS News producer “dropped by” his office and asked for his “thoughts on the Capitol.” McEnany said she was “completely blindsided by what (the reporter) was referring to”.
He then alerted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about the reporter’s inquiry and about reports of minor injuries at the Capitol, McEnany said.
At some point during the unrest, McEnany said he received a text message from deputy press secretary Judd Deere, who relayed that he was “wondering if we have any reaction to the people storming the Hill office buildings.” .
When interviewed by the House panel, the member. Liz Cheney, the GOP committee’s vice chair, pressed McEnany about his apparent inaction when hearing reports of violence, implying a lack of urgency.
“[Deere] sends you a text message saying people are storming, it says, office buildings on the Hill,” Cheney said. “And you were just eating a turkey sandwich and you don’t … you didn’t registered?”
McEnany turned down Cheney’s representation, according to the transcripts.
“I definitely reject the characterization that I was just eating a turkey sandwich and would ignore a text about storming office buildings on Capitol Hill. I probably wouldn’t have seen it at the time,” McEnany responded, saying he probably the text had been sent to his personal phone, which would have been on his desk.
“No way, shape, or form would I eat a turkey sandwich if I thought Capitol Hill was being bullied,” he added.
McEnany met with the committee virtually in January after initially being subpoenaed last year.
The public release of the transcripts comes alongside the committee’s final report, a comprehensive overview of the bipartisan panel’s findings on how Trump and his allies tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election, released Thursday evening.