Ivanka Trump testifies before a panel investigating the US Capitol riot | American News



Ivanka Trump testified before the US House of Representatives panel investigating the US Capitol riot.

The daughter of former US President Donald Trump was one of his relatives when his supporters stormed the building in Washington on January 6 last year as a joint session of Congress sat to ratify the election of Joe Biden as president.

Her cooperation with the investigation comes after several of her father’s top advisers refuse to help her.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, said Ms. Trump, a former senior adviser to the Trump administration, answered questions over a video conference call.

Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021
Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

He said she was not “talkative” but had been helpful to the investigation, adding that she “came on her own” and did not need to be subpoenaed.

Ivanka Trump, who was with her father at the White House that day, is one of more than 800 witnesses the committee interviewed as it compiles an account of the attack – the worst on Capitol Hill in more two centuries.

She is also the first of Mr. Trump’s known children to speak on the panel, as well as one of his father’s closest people.

Her decision to cooperate is important to the panel — which has been trying to secure an interview with her since late January — whether or not she gives the committee new information.

The panel wants to know exactly what Mr. Trump was doing when his supporters stormed into the Capitol – interrupting certification of Mr. Biden’s victory.

Her daughter’s appearance comes less than a week after her husband, Jared Kushner, testified before the committee in a separate virtual meeting that lasted more than six hours.

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Members of the nine-member panel said his testimony was helpful, adding that they hoped to further fill in the gaps with the help of his wife.

The interviews will be used to compile a comprehensive dossier, with information to be released in the coming months on the insurgency.

Panel members said the goal was to create the most complete record possible so that nothing like this happens again, even if Congress does not have the power to charge anyone with a crime.

Ivanka Trump takes the stage as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., January 4, 2021. The House committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection is asking Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump, to voluntarily cooperate with its investigation.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Ivanka Trump cooperates with U.S. House of Representatives panel on storming of U.S. Capitol

Lawmakers said they wanted to discuss what Ms Trump knew of her father’s efforts before the incident – including a phone call they believe she witnessed.

The former president reportedly phoned then-Vice President Mike Pence, urging him to reject Mr Biden’s 2020 election victory as part of his ceremonial role overseeing the voter count. Mr. Pence rejected those efforts.

The committee is also expected to ask Mrs. Trump whether she has heard concerns from Mr. Pence’s staff, members of Congress and the White House Counsel’s Office.

Mr Trump has attempted to exercise executive privilege over documents and interviews – but has often been overruled by the courts or by Mr Biden himself, who has that authority as sitting president.

The committee previously voted to recommend contempt charges against Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump ally who defied a congressional subpoena, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who quit cooperate with the panel.

Other witnesses believed to still be close to the former president — and several who were at the White House on the day of the riot — declined to answer the commission’s questions.


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