Ivanka Trump testifies before a House panel investigating the January 6 attack


WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of former President Donald J. Trump who served as one of his top advisers, testified for about eight hours Tuesday before the House committee investigating the attack of January 6 against the Capitol, according to people familiar with the matter.

It was not immediately clear how revealing her testimony was to the committee, but people familiar with the interview said Mrs. Trump did not seek to invoke any privileges — such as executive privilege or the Fifth Amendment, such as other witnesses did – and more broadly, if not verbosely, answered questions from the panel.

Ms Trump was one of many aides who tried to persuade the president to call off the violence that ultimately injured more than 150 police officers and sent lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing for safety, evidence shows. collected by the committee. She is not known to have been associated with the former president’s most extreme supporters who spread lies about widespread fraud after the 2020 election and planned efforts to try to keep him in power.

Her testimony came days after her husband, Jared Kushner, who was also a top adviser to Mr Trump, sat down for an interview and provided what a panel member described as “valuable” and “useful” information.

“Some things have come to light, but we’ll share that a bit later,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and committee chair, said of Mr. Kushner’s testimony.

Mrs. Trump and Mr. Kushner are among the most senior Trump White House officials to testify before the committee. The interviews were closed to the public as the panel conducts its work in secret.

Mrs. Trump’s lawyers have been in talks with the committee since January, when he sent him a letter ask for voluntary testimony. In the letter, dated January 20, the committee said it heard from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who was Mr. Pence’s national security adviser. Mr. Kellogg had described Mr. Trump’s refusal to condemn the violence as crowds engulfed the Capitol, despite White House officials — including Mrs. Trump, at least twice — urging him to do so, the letter says. .

Mr. Kellogg testified that the president rejected his pleas as well as those of Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary. Mr. Kellogg then asked Mrs. Trump to intervene.

“She went back, because Ivanka can be quite stubborn,” Mr Kellogg said.

Mr. Kellogg also testified that he and Mrs. Trump witnessed a phone call in the Oval Office on the morning of Jan. 6 in which Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence into agreeing to a plan to rejecting electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. when Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College. The appeal to Mr Pence was part of an effort to invalidate the 2020 election and give Mr Trump a chance to stay in power.

Mr Kellogg told the committee the president had accused Mr Pence of not being “tough enough” to overturn the election. Mrs. Trump then told Mr. Kellogg: “Mike Pence is a good man,” Mr. Kellogg said.

Also on Tuesday, the committee said it had received 101 documents that Conservative lawyer John Eastman had tried to withhold, arguing they were covered by solicitor-client privilege. In a bombshell court ruling that found Mr. Trump and Mr. Eastman “likely” committed federal crimes while fighting the 2020 election results, a federal judge in California last week ordered Mr. Eastman to hand over the documents – a decision by Mr. Eastman said he would not fight.

Among the documents is a draft memo written for Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, which recommended that Mr. Pence reject voters in contested states on Jan. 6. Judge David O. Carter of the Central District of California wrote that Mr. Eastman’s memo could have been “the first time members of President Trump’s team have turned a legal interpretation of the Voter Count Law into a day-to-day action plan.

“The draft memo pushed a strategy that knowingly violated voter count law, and Dr. Eastman’s subsequent memos closely follow his analysis and proposal,” Judge wrote. “The memo is both intertwined with and clearly advances the plan to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”

The committee has interviewed more than 800 witnesses and plans to interview dozens more. Mr Thompson told reporters on Monday he had authorized five additional subpoenas that day.

Mr Thompson said the committee had ruled out a subpoena for Mr Pence, citing ‘important information’ he had received from two of his aides, Marc Short and Greg Jacob.

“There will be no subpoenas,” Mr. Thompson said, adding, “We were able to validate many statements attributed to President Trump and the Vice President without his specific testimony.”

‘There is no effort on the part of the committee to get him in,’ he said of Mr Pence, adding: ‘We initially thought it would be important, but at this point we We know that people broke in here and wanted to suspend him. We know that his security had to protect him in an undisclosed location in the Capitol. We know the people who tried to change his mind about the countdown and all that. So what do we need?”

Mr. Thompson also indicated that the panel is unlikely to call Mr. Trump as a witness.

“I don’t know anything else that we can ask Donald Trump that the public doesn’t already know,” Mr Thompson said. “He ran his mouth for four years.”

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