Washington (AP)-Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump and one of his closest relatives Uprising on the Capitol, investigated the Jan. 6 2021 attack in front of a House jury.
Mississippi Congressman Benny Thompson, chairman of the committee, said Tuesday afternoon that he answered investigators’ questions about the early-morning videoconference and he was not “blocked” but would assist with the investigation.
Thompson said he “rolled on his own” and didn’t have to call.
Ivanka Trump, who was with her father at the White House that day was one of more than 800 witnesses the committee interviewed as she worked to document the attack, the worst in the Capitol in more than two centuries. He was Trump’s first son to speak to the committee and one of his father’s closest associates.
Regardless of whether or not he gives the commission new information, his decision on cooperation is important to the jury, which has been trying to interview him since late January. The nine -member panel focused specifically on what the former president was doing when his supporters stormed the Capitol and stopped to witness President Joe Biden’s victory.
Ivanka Trump’s testimony came after her husband, Jared Kushner, testified before the committee in a separate virtual meeting that lasted more than six hours. Board members said his testimony was helpful and hoped to further fill in the gaps with his help.
The jury uses the interviews to gather comprehensive documentation and will begin publishing information in the coming months as it conducts public hearings and publishes a series of reports about the disturbance. While Congress has no right to blame anyone for the crime, panel members said the goal is to create the most comprehensive record so that nothing like it is repeated.
Lawmakers said they wanted to discuss what Ivanka Trump knew about her father’s efforts, including the phone call. He is said to have witnessed pressures on incumbent Vice President Mike Pence to deny Biden victory in the 2020 election as part of his ceremonial role overseeing the election tally. Pence rejected this effort.
The committee is also interested in any concerns they may have heard about Trump’s harassment of Pence staff, members of Congress, and the White House advisory office.
Ivanka Trump’s partnership is different from her father’s other top advisers, some of whom have refused to cooperate because the former president is struggling with an investigation. Trump tried to use executive privilege in documents and interviews, but was often revoked by the court or by Biden, who has such power as the incumbent president.
The House is expected to vote this week on a recommendation for disrespectful lawsuits against Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, which the committee said did not cooperate. The committee had previously supported Trump’s longtime ally, Steve Benson, who opposed the Congressional subpoena, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who cut ties with the panel, who recommended disrespectful accusation. .
Bannon was indicted by the federal grand jury and is awaiting prosecution by the Department of Justice. The Justice Department took no action against Meadows.
Other Witnesses who were still close to the former president – and some who were in the White House that day – refused to answer the committee’s questions.