“I would certainly hope not,” said Powell.
In response to Porter’s question of what Powell discussed with Bezos, Trump, Kushner, Conway and Dimon at the party, Powell said he did not speak to any of these individuals. Instead, Powell said he was there to escort his son and daughter-in-law, who are just married, and introduced the couple to General James Mattis, Trump’s former defense secretary.
“I would suggest that participation in this type of event with this type of people is incompatible with what I would otherwise recommend,” said Porter.
Congressman Warren Davidson came to defend Powell at the three-hour hearing, where the Fed president delivered his semi-annual testimony to Congress.
“I don’t know we want to say it just because you’re somehow a nefarious event,” said Davidson, a Republican from Ohio, noting that lawmakers also participate in these events. “The way these things are connected for political reasons is embarrassingly partisan and bad.”