Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Kimberly Guilfoyle After She Shut Down Interview

The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot subpoenaed Kimberly Guilfoyle on Thursday, saying she was in direct contact with those involved in the attack.

The committee has asked for testimony and records from Guilfoyle, who is former President Donald Trump's future daughter-in-law, after she ended an interview on the topic with lawmakers last week, CNN reported. Guilfoyle joins the more than 80 people, largely Trump allies and family members, who have been subpoenaed for the investigation in the year since the attack.

In a letter the committee sent to Guilfoyle, members said their investigation has "revealed credible evidence of your involvement in the events within the scope of the Select Committee's inquiry." The letter outlined this scope as "the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power."

Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., worked for the Trump campaign at the time. She met with the Trump family in the Oval Office on the morning of January 6, spoke at the rally that preceded the riot and "apparently played a key role organizing and raising funds for that event," according to a statement from Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the House committee.

Joseph Tacopina, Guilfoyle's attorney, said in a statement last week that while his client agreed to answer questions from the committee's investigators, the meeting went wrong when members of the committee also tried to ask questions, though according to The Hill, this is a common practice.

Tacopina accused members like Representative Adam Schiff of "hijacking the interview" and implied the lawmakers tipped media off, saying news of the meeting had leaked "within less than two minutes."

In response, the committee said in its letter the fact that committee members could be present at the meeting had been communicated to Guilfoyle's legal representation, "but nevertheless [staff] offered to reschedule the interview," to which she declined.

"Because Ms. Guilfoyle backed out of her original commitment to provide a voluntary interview, we are issuing today's subpoena that will compel her to testify," Thompson added in his statement. "We expect her to comply with the law and cooperate."

According to the committee's letter to Guilfoyle, at the 2021 rally, she spoke on Trump's unfounded theory of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

"We will not allow the liberals and the Democrats to steal our dream or steal our elections," the committee quoted her as saying, also adding that she said, "Have the courage to do the right thing. Fight!" while being filmed backstage.

The letter also added that though Guilfoyle said she would voluntarily cooperate with the investigation, she has only produced 110 pages in response to requests from the committee for 14 documents, further prompting the committee to subpoena her.

Update 03/03/22 5:55 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, CPAC
The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot subpoenaed Kimberly Guilfoyle. Above, Guilfoyle addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images