- Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been asked to testify before a grand jury.
- The subpoenas were issued by the special counsel overseeing the investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
- Mike Pence, the former vice president, was recently released as part of the investigation.
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election and the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 has subpoenaed Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump grand jury, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The subpoenas, issued by special counsel Jack Smith, come as part of the wide-ranging criminal probe into Trump’s bid to stay in power after President Joe Biden defeated him in the 2020 election, The Times reported.
Attorney General Merrick appointed Garland Smith in November to oversee the investigation into illegal interference with a peaceful transition of power after the 2020 election, as well as the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents after he left office .
In the run-up to the 2020 election, Smith recently subpoenaed former Vice President Mike Pence to testify before a grand jury. Pence has said he intends to contest the subpoena.
Kushner and Ivanka served as Trump’s senior advisers in the White House during his term. It was reported that the two had tried to encourage Trump to urge the rioters to leave the Capitol on January 6. Ivanka was the White House as the riot unfolded; Kushner arrived at the White House later in the afternoon, flying back from a trip to the Middle East.
The pair were high-profile witnesses who testified before the now-disbanded House select committee investigating the January 6 attack. During her testimony, Ivanka questioned Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, which the former president rebuffed. Ivanka also acknowledged then-Attorney General Bill Barr’s assessment that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Since leaving the White House, the couple have reportedly been distant from Trump as he continues to claim the 2020 election was stolen and continues his bid for the 2024 presidential campaign.