Ivanka Trump Testifies to Home Panel Investigating Jan. 6 Assault
The previous president’s daughter and adviser was within the West Wing with him as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. She is claimed to have tried to influence him to name off the rioters.
WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, former President Donald J. Trump’s eldest daughter, who served as one in all his senior advisers, is testifying on Tuesday earlier than the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, in keeping with an individual accustomed to the matter.
Ms. Trump was one in all a number of aides who tried to influence the president to name off the violence that finally injured greater than 150 cops and despatched lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing for security, in keeping with proof gathered by the committee.
The schedule for her testimony, which was reported earlier by NBC, comes days after her husband, Jared Kushner, who was additionally a high adviser to Mr. Trump, sat for an interview and supplied what one member of the panel described as “valuable” and “helpful” information.
“There have been some issues revealed, however we’ll simply share that just a little later,” Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the chairman of the committee, stated of Mr. Kushner’s testimony.
Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner are among the many highest-ranking Trump White Home officers to testify earlier than the committee. The interviews have been closed to the general public because the panel conducts its work in secret.
Ms. Trump’s legal professionals have been in talks with the committee since January, when it sent her a letter requesting voluntary testimony. Within the letter, dated Jan. 20, the committee stated it had heard from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant basic who was Mr. Pence’s nationwide safety adviser. Mr. Kellogg had described Mr. Trump’s refusal to sentence the violence because the mob engulfed the Capitol, regardless of White Home officers — together with Ms. Trump, no less than twice — urging him to take action, the letter stated.
Mr. Kellogg testified that the president had rejected entreaties from him in addition to from Mark Meadows, his chief of employees, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White Home press secretary. Mr. Kellogg then appealed to Ms. Trump to intervene.
“She went again in, as a result of Ivanka could be fairly tenacious,” Mr. Kellogg testified.
Mr. Kellogg additionally testified that he and Ms. Trump had witnessed a phone name within the Oval Workplace on the morning of Jan. 6 wherein Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence to associate with a plan to throw out electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. when Congress met to certify the Electoral School outcomes. The decision to Mr. Pence was a part of an effort to invalidate the 2020 election and provides Mr. Trump an opportunity to remain in workplace.
Mr. Kellogg advised the committee that the president had accused Mr. Pence of not being “robust sufficient” to overturn the election. Ms. Trump then stated to Mr. Kellogg, “Mike Pence is an efficient man,” Mr. Kellogg testified.
The committee has interviewed greater than 800 witnesses and plans to interview dozens extra. Mr. Thompson advised reporters on Monday that he had licensed 5 further subpoenas that day.
Mr. Thompson stated the committee had dominated out a subpoena for Mr. Pence, citing “important info” it had acquired from two of his aides, Marc Quick and Greg Jacob.
“There gained’t be a subpoena,” Mr. Thompson stated, including, “We’ve been in a position to validate lots of the statements attributed to President Trump and the vp with out his particular testimony.”
“There’s no effort on the a part of the committee to get him to come back in,” he stated of Mr. Pence, including: “We initially thought it could be necessary, however at this level we all know that individuals broke in right here and needed to hold him. We all know that his safety element needed to defend him in an undisclosed location within the Capitol. We all know the individuals who tried to get him to vary his thoughts, in regards to the rely and all of that. So what’s it we’d like?”
Mr. Thompson additionally indicated that the panel wouldn’t be prone to name Mr. Trump as a witness.
“I don’t know anything we may ask Donald Trump that the general public doesn’t already know,” Mr. Thompson stated. “He ran his mouth for 4 years.”