January 6 panel calls Ivanka Trump for interview — Analysis
Former president’s daughter summoned before congressional panel for ‘voluntary’ chat
The House Select Committee on January 6 Attack has called Ivanka Trump to answer questions on a voluntary, non-binding basis regarding events that occurred on that day. According to an 11 page letter she was sent Thursday.
Noting that she was “Present in the West Wing, White House” at the time, the committee has sought her “Volunteer cooperation” on “A range of important topics,” including “Four specific issues” the letter proceeded to outline.
The topics on which the committee hopes to question the younger Trump include “Trump’s efforts to block the counting of electoral votes certified by him,” the president’s response as demonstrators began entering (“Storming,” in the letter’s words) the Capitol building, the question of whether or not Trump gave an order to deploy the National Guard or any other arm of the military or security services, and what his “Activities and conduct” – including his “State of Mind” – were like in the days following the riot, as well as efforts by his staff to keep him away from certain individuals and stop him from making certain statements.
The letter-writers, chaired by Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Missouri), specifically noted that White House staffers already interviewed by the committee believed Ivanka was the only person who might have been able to convince the “Be stubborn” president to tell the protesters to go home before further damage was done, and that Ivanka had indeed gone “Back there” to try to reason with her father.The committee expressed hope of meeting with her “Soon,” specifically February 3 or 4 or the following week, adding that “All details are important to the American people..”
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Committee vice-chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) claimed earlier this month that the group had “Firsthand testimonies” that Ivanka had twice asked President Trump to intervene and “End the violence” as he watched the chaos unfold on television. The president eventually asked the rioters for their freedom, but he did it via Twitter, rather than directly.
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