Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, testified before the committee into the 2021 Capitol attack on Tuesday, as lawmakers increased their efforts to obtain information from the former president’s inner circle.
The House Select Committee on January 6 had urged the 40-year-old businesswoman, a key counselor to her father, to testify voluntarily, saying it had proof that she had pleaded with him to stop the violence as his followers stormed Congress.
“Testimony acquired by the committee suggests that members of the White House staff asked your help on many occasions to intercede in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the continued illegality,” said chairman Bennie Thompson in a letter to her in January.
Investigators are investigating into how the incident occurred, which shut down Congress as legislators were certifying the 2020 presidential election, and to what degree then-President Trump and his associates encouraged it.
The committee has already heard from about 800 witnesses, including Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, and has gone through 90,000 documents and 435 phone tip-offs.
The committee did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the former first daughter’s attendance, but Thompson told CNN that the meeting started in the morning and was “still going on” by mid-afternoon.
“She’s responding to queries. I mean, not in a wide, conversational sense, but she’s responding to inquiries “He stated.
He went on to say that he was ignorant of her exercising her right to remain silent in order not to incriminate herself.
“She arrived on her own. That certainly has a high value. We did not need to issue a subpoena “Thompson stated his case.
When the committee requested her to come forward, the former administration staffer appeared to have direct knowledge of her father’s attempt to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to halt the counting of electoral votes.
“One of the president’s phone conversations with the vice president happened on the morning of January 6,” Thompson wrote.
“You were present in the Oval Office and heard at least one side of that phone call.”
The eldest of the former president’s two daughters, who served as head of the White House Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship during her father’s presidency, was unavailable for comment.
The White House indicated last week that any claim by Ivanka Trump of “executive privilege” – which permits presidents to keep certain work-related discussions with aides confidential – would be rejected.
Kushner, another former White House official, addressed questions via video connection for six hours last week, and his wife did the same, appearing electronically rather than in person.
The couple’s cooperation comes at the conclusion of a flurry of revelations from the committee, which is nearing the completion of its investigation in preparation for public hearings in May.
Last month, it was discovered that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wrote more than 20 texts promoting outlandish conspiracy theories and pressing then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to help reverse the 2020 election.
It was also revealed that White House records provided to investigators on the day of the insurgency indicate an almost eight-hour break in the record of Trump’s calls, including the period during which the violence occurred.
The committee is looking into whether it has the whole record and if Trump communicated that day using advisers’ phones or personal throwaway “burner” phones.
Last week, a federal court ruled that Trump’s efforts to alter the election results were “more likely than not” illegal in nature.