Jared Kushner's Jan. 6 Interview 'Really Valuable,' Panel Member Says

A member of the House of Representatives' Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, has said that a recent interview with former top White House aide Jared Kushner was "really valuable."

Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA) told MSNBC on Thursday that Kushner's six-hour interview with the panel allowed him to provide his "take" on the events surrounding the Capitol riot that day.

Kushner is former President Donald Trump's son-in-law—married to his eldest daughter Ivanka Trump—and served as senior adviser to the former president during his term in office.

During the interview, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace read a section from the book Peril by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that gave an account of November 7, 2020, when several news organizations called the election for Joe Biden.

According to the book, Kushner and other Trump advisers discussed who should tell Trump the news after he finished playing golf that day.

"Can you characterize whether Jared Kushner ever had any question about the results of the 2020 presidential election?" Wallace asked.

"You know, what I'll say is that, you know, we were able to ask for his impression about these third-party accounts of the events that happened that day and around that day," Luria replied.

"So he was able to voluntarily provide information to us, to verify, substantiate, provide his own, you know, take on this different reporting. So it was really valuable for us to have the opportunity to speak to him," she said.

Kushner was returning to Washington, D.C. from a visit to Saudi Arabia on January 6, 2021. His wife, Ivanka Trump, was at the White House with her father during the Capitol riot.

Kushner spoke to the Select Committee voluntarily and reportedly spent six hours giving testimony virtually on Thursday. He is the first member of the Trump family that the panel has interviewed.

The Select Committee is also expected to speak with Ivanka Trump after the White House said on March 29 that it would not assert executive privilege in order to prevent the panel from interviewing her and other former Trump advisers.

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told reporters that President Biden had made clear "the constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield from Congress or the public information about an attack on the Constitution itself."

Luria recently called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to "do your job" in terms of charging witnesses who have refused to appear before the Select Committee in defiance of subpoenas.

Wallace asked Luria about the Department of Justice's role again on Thursday and the Democrat pointed out that the Select Committee and DOJ had separate roles.

Luria said the DOJ's job "is to identify times that that law was broken and hold people accountable and that doesn't matter what level. So the Department of Justice is operating completely independently from the work that we're doing on the Select Committee."

"I do fully expect, as an American citizen, that the Department of Justice will find any wrongdoing," she added.

The House panel has been investigating the events surrounding the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. by supporters of former President Trump on January 6, 2021 which disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

Newsweek has asked former President Trump's office for comment.

Jared Kushner Attends a White House Meeting
Then senior adviser to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner attends a meeting with President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office at the White House August 20, 2020, in Washington, DC. Kushner spoke to the House panel investigating January 6, 2021, for six hours on Thursday. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images