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Jan. 6 committee requests Ivanka Trump testimony

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and adviser of President Donald Trump, listens as President Trump talks to the media on his way to the Marine One helicopter, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, as they leave the White House in Washington, en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Patrick Semansky/AP

Jan. 6 committee requests Ivanka Trump testimony

Emily Brooks January 20, 01:43 PMJanuary 20, 01:45 PM

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested a voluntary interview with Ivanka Trump, a former senior White House adviser to her father, President Donald Trump.

In a letter Thursday, Chairman Bennie Thompson outlined four areas that it wanted to ask Ivanka Trump about: conversations that she had or witnessed regarding the plan to obstruct the counting of electoral votes, conversations she had and actions she took as the riot unfolded and staff asked her to talk to Donald Trump to intervene, whether the president was attempting to hold up deployment of the National Guard and about her father’s activities and conduct in the weeks after the riot.

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The committee revealed part of a transcript from an interview with Gen. Keith Kellogg, a former national security adviser.

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Ivanka Trump was in the Oval Office the morning of Jan. 6, during which time Donald Trump called Vice President Mike Pence and accused him of not having the courage to override Electoral College results, according to Kellogg.

Kellogg said that Ivanka Trump turned to him and said, “Mike Pence is a good man.”

The committee also revealed a text message from an unnamed member of the House Freedom Caucus sent to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that read, “If POTUS allows this to occur … we’re driving a stake in the heart of the federal republic.” It wants to hear from Ivanka Trump whether her father was apprised of those views.

Also of interest is how she responded to White House staff members requesting her help in trying to persuade her father to address the developing riot. “Staff recognized that you may be the only person who could persuade him to act,” the letter read.

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“We are particularly interested in this question: Why didn’t the White House staff simply ask the President to walk to the briefing room and appear on live television — to ask the crowd to leave the Capitol?” the committee asked in the letter.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the president’s daughter did not specify whether she would voluntarily cooperate with the committee or not.

“Ivanka Trump just learned that the Jan. 6 Committee issued a public letter asking her to appear. As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” it read. “As she publicly stated that day at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.'”

Ivanka Trump is one of dozens of people whom the committee has requested for voluntary interviews. In many cases in which those people refuse to cooperate voluntarily, it has issued subpoenas. Some of those who have refused those subpoenas, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Meadows, have been held in contempt of Congress and referred to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.

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