Of all the members of Donald Trump’s inner circle who have cooperated with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot, it turns out the most informative person was the one also the closest to Trump: his older daughter, Ivanka Trump.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said Ivanka provided details of what was happening in the White House as her father’s supporters first breached the security barriers at the Capitol and began their violent attack, first on the police protecting Congress, and then the very seat of American democracy itself.
“There were questions asked about what was she doing at the time that the insurrection was occurring at the Capitol, and she told us,” Rep. Thompson said of Ivanka Trump. Investigators “asked certain questions about her awareness of what her father was doing. She told us.”
“You need to get these people out of here, this thing is going south. This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”
– Lindsey Graham to Ivanka Trump January 6th.
— Jay Arnold (@jadedcreative) April 29, 2022
While he stressed that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, didn’t betray what he defined as “trade secrets,” and that their testimony was not against Trump himself, Rep. Thompson did say that the couple was able to corroborate critical testimony from others who said Trump was reluctant to try to call off the rioters despite being asked to do so.
Ivanka Trump voluntarily appeared virtually on Tuesday for more than five hours of questioning with the January 6th committee. Rep. Aguilar said the committee is honing in on President Trump's closest inner circle. pic.twitter.com/jUZcFS3Gqb
— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) April 5, 2022
A person close to the Trump family told CNN his adult children never saw a reason not to cooperate with the House Select Committee because none of them felt appearing before the panel put them at any risk. They also perceived the Committee’s decision not to subpoena them as a sign that they weren’t walking into a contentious situation. Neither Ivanka Trump nor Kushner invoked the Fifth Amendment or claimed privilege during their interviews, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 6, 2022
Read CNN’s full exclusive here.