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‘It put us all out of work’: Trump White House aides react Jan. 6 in angry text message exchange




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A text exchange between Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff Julie Radford and White House aide Hope Hicks vented their anger at then-President Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, hurting them professionally, according to newly released documents collected by a special House committee , investigating the riot on Capitol Hill.

“For one day, he ended any future opportunity that didn’t include speaking engagements at the local Proud Boys branch,” Hicks wrote to Radford on January 6, 2021. “And all of us who didn’t have jobs lined up will be forever unemployed. I am so angry and upset. Now we all look like domestic terrorists.

Hicks added: “It has put us all out of work. As untouchable. God, I’m so crazy.”

Radford responded by texting, “I know, like there’s no way I’m going to get a job,” and pointed out that she’s already lost a job opportunity from Visa, who sent her a “cancellation email.”

It’s the new version part of a constant flow of documents by the commission, complementing the publication of its massive 845-page report. The latest comes as the panel wraps up its work on the House majority, which will change hands from Democrats to Republicans on Tuesday at the start of the new Congress.

Hicks then says in the text messages, “Alice looks like a genius,” an apparent reference to Alice Farrah Griffin, who resigned from her position as a White House aide a month before the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Hicks and Radford then discuss Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s mother-in-law Karlie Kloss, the supermodel, tweeting that Trump’s response to the election was anti-American.

“Unreal,” Radford wrote.

The committee also released call logs from the days before Jan. 6, 2021, painting a fuller picture of who the former president spoke to as he and his allies plotted to keep him in office, the first time the panel has released White House Call Logs in their entirety.

The diaries were crucial to the panel’s investigation in compiling the chronology of events. Although there is a seven-hour break in the log for January 6, the commission has gone to great lengths to fill in that portion of the schedule through witness interviews and other records.

The day before the attack on the US Capitol, Trump spoke with then-Vice President Mike Pence. After that call, Trump spoke with Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who helped fuel Trump’s campaign lies in the state, and then the operator left a note “that Sen. Douglas Mastriano will be calling for vice president.”

Trump also spoke with a number of members of Congress on January 5, including Sen. Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri tried to call multiple times but were unable to get through. Trump also spoke with John Eastman, who helped Trump set up the fraudulent voter scheme that day.

The Jan. 2 call log shows what happened immediately after the infamous hour-long call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, when Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” votes for him to win the state. After the call with Raffensperger ended, Trump spoke with his then-lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and spoke by phone with his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and later Steve Bannon.

On January 3, Trump held multiple conversations with former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke and Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania as the former president tried and ultimately failed to appoint Clarke as the acting head of the DOJ. The call logs reflect a flurry of conversations with Justice Department officials, including then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donohue.

At 4:22 PM ET that day, Clark is listed as acting attorney general, but earlier in the day he was not.

This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.


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