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Washington Post Calls On Select Committee to Subpoena Ivanka Trump & Others In Donald’s Inner Circle

Washington Post Calls On Select Committee to Subpoena Ivanka Trump & Others In Donald’s Inner Circle

The Washington Post’s editorial board is calling on the January 6th Select Committee to subpoena Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

“What Donald Trump did before, during, and after the attack,” they wrote in a Tuesday op-ed, should be the top of the Select Committee’s list of questions. “How did he prepare his speech preceding the insurrection, in which he told the crowd to fight? What did he anticipate his audience’s reaction would be? When did he know the pro-Trump mob was threatening the Capitol?”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump arrives at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

According to a forthcoming book by the Washington Post journalists Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Ivanka Trump attempted to calm her father down on the day of January 6th, encouraging him to call off the violent riot – a request Trump repeatedly ignored. The WaPo board added: “Answering such questions calls for subpoenaing former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner; and other White House aides with useful information.”

“I’m going down to my dad. This has to stop,” she reportedly told her aides while spending “several hours walking back and forth” from the Oval Office in an effort to defuse the situation.

The Post’s editorial board also called on the select committee to investigate a number of top Trump allies in Congress, including Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Mo Brooks, Jim Jordan, and Sen. Tommy Tuberville, all of whom, the Post reports, may have interacted with Trump on the day of the insurrection. McCarthy, who voted in favor of overturning the 2020 election, has been adamantly opposed to the Democratic-backed select committee and has often downplayed Trump’s role in the insurgency. However, back in February, just a month after the riot, CNN reported that Trump and McCarthy had gotten into a “shouting match” over the former president’s refusal to tell the rioters to stand down.

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CNN also reported that Rep. Tuberville spoke with Trump on the day of the riot, calling him via phone to announce that Mike Pence, the former vice president, had been evacuated in time to avoid the violent horde. It’s not clear whether Rep. Brooks spoke with Trump on the day of the riot. However, the Alabama lawmaker did deliver a White House-approved speech during the “Stop the Steal” rally just outside the Capitol building, where he bandied Trump’s election lies and told Trump’s supporters: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names.”

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