The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday requested former President Donald Trump’s daughter to voluntarily cooperate with its probe.
In a letter to Ivanka Trump, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson mentioned the panel needs her to inform them what she is aware of about her father’s efforts to thwart congressional certification that he lost the November 2020 election. They additionally need to know what he was doing as his supporters rampaged by means of the Capitol whereas lawmakers had been within the preliminary phases of certifying Democrat Joe Biden as the brand new president.
It was not instantly identified whether or not the previous first daughter would cooperate with the investigation.
Thompson mentioned the committee needs to satisfy with Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, as a result of she was in direct contact with him at key moments on January 6, 2021, two weeks earlier than Biden was inaugurated and Donald Trump left Washington.
Thompson mentioned the committee needs to know in regards to the former president’s efforts to strain then-Vice President Mike Pence to dam congressional certification of election leads to key states the place Biden outpolled Trump.
“One of the president’s discussions with the vice president occurred by phone on the morning of January 6th,” Thompson wrote within the letter to Ivanka Trump. “You were present in the Oval Office and observed at least one side of that telephone conversation.”
The committee additionally mentioned it needed to find out about Ivanka Trump’s efforts to get her father to name off rioters after they’d stormed into the Capitol. At an earlier rally close to the White House that day, then-President Trump urged supporters to go the Capitol and “fight like hell” to cease Biden from being declared the winner of the 2020 election.
“Testimony obtained by the committee indicates that members of the White House staff requested your assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill,” Thompson wrote.
Then-President Trump remained publicly silent for greater than three hours in regards to the rampage of a whole bunch of his supporters on the Capitol however late within the afternoon he launched a brief video urging them to depart.
As he does to at the present time, Donald Trump talked about within the video the false conspiracy idea that he received the election, saying, “I know your pain; I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it. Especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.”
After the Capitol was cleared of protesters, Congress licensed Biden’s election victory within the early hours of January 7. More than 700 rioters have been charged with an array of prison offenses, some as minor as trespassing and others with felonies, resembling attacking police and vandalizing the Capitol.
At a political rally final Saturday, Donald Trump referred to as the arrests “an appalling persecution of political prisoners.”
The investigative committee has interviewed greater than 300 witnesses and issued subpoenas to dozens extra. This week, they included Rudy Giuliani and different members of Trump’s authorized staff who filed bogus authorized challenges to the 2020 election supporting the previous president’s false declare that he had been cheated out of a second time period.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the previous president’s bid to maintain the National Archives from sending a whole bunch of his White House paperwork associated to the election and day of the riot to the investigative panel.