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Ivanka Trump Testifies Before January 6th House Select Committee

Ivanka Trump Testifies Before January 6th House Select Committee

Ivanka Trump, who was with her father at the White House during the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, testified for more than five hours before the House Select Committee on Tuesday.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, said Tuesday afternoon that she had been answering investigators’ questions on a video teleconference since the morning and was not “chatty” but had been “helpful” to the panel. Rep. Thompson said Ivanka Trump “came in on her own” and did not have to be subpoenaed for the questioning by the Committee. Her testimony comes less than a week after her husband, Jared Kushner, testified to the committee in a separate virtual meeting that lasted more than six hours. Members of the panel said his testimony was also helpful and were hoping to further fill in the gaps with her help.

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Lawmakers have said they want to discuss what Ivanka Trump knew about her father’s efforts, including a telephone call they say she witnessed, to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject Joe Biden’s 2020 election win as part of his ceremonial role overseeing the electoral count. Pence rejected those efforts.

Ivanka Trump now has the highest profile of the more than 800 witnesses the Committee has interviewed as it works to compile a record of the attack, the worst on the Capitol in more than two centuries. She is also the first of Donald Trump’s children known to speak to the committee and one of the closest people to her father. Her cooperation is considered significant whether or not she provides any new information to the Committee, which has been trying to secure an interview with her since late January.

The nine-member panel is particularly focused on what Ivanka’s father was doing as his supporters broke into the Capitol and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. Sources say Ivanka finally agreed to meet with the Committee as a way to avoid any federal charges against her like others in her father’s orbit are now experiencing.

The House is expected to vote this week to recommend contempt charges for Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, both of whom the committee says have been uncooperative. The committee previously voted to recommend contempt charges against longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon, who defied a congressional subpoena, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who ceased cooperating with the panel. Bannon was later indicted by a federal grand jury and is awaiting prosecution by the Justice Department. The Justice Department has not yet taken any action against Meadows.

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