Jun 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

"Whining": Jared Kushner brushed off White House resignation threats

Former Trump White House adviser Jared Kushner dismissed threats of resignation by White House counsel Pat Cipollone as "whining," according to a video played during Thursday's Jan. 6 committee hearing.

Driving the news: "My interest at that time was on trying to get as many pardons done," Kushner said, per the video played during the prime-time hearing.

  • "Him and the team were always saying, 'Ooh, we're going to resign, we're not going to be here if this happens, if that happens,' so I kind of took it up to just be whining, to be honest with you," he said.

The big picture: Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said that Cipollone's threats of resignation in the days before Jan. 6 underscore the mounting tension inside the White House over former President Trump's false claims about the 2020 election leading up to the riot.

  • "That is exceedingly rare and exceedingly serious. It requires immediate attention, especially when the entire team threatens to resign," Cheney said.
  • "However, in the Trump White House, it was not exceedingly rare and it was not treated seriously."

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