Ivanka Trump, a former White House adviser, spoke for hours Tuesday before a congressional committee probing the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January.
Trump, 40, was questioned about her father’s conduct during the crisis. She was reportedly one of several advisers who pleaded with the president to condemn the violence. Her appearance comes days after her husband, also a former White House aide, Jared Kushner, appeared with investigators.
According to US media accounts, the interrogation lasted up to eight hours. Unlike previous witnesses questioned before the committee, according to the panel’s senior chairman, Ms Trump never attempted to use her right to remain silent.
“She is responding to questions,” Rep. Bennie Thompson stated. “Not in a broad, conversational sense, but she is responding to inquiries.”
President Biden’s White House confirmed that it will waive executive privilege in the case of Kushner and Trump.
“The president has spoken about how Jan. 6 was one of the darkest days in our country’s history and how we need a complete accounting of what happened to guarantee it never happens again,” Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield told reporters last week. “And he has made it quite clear that they posed a unique threat to our democracy and that executive privilege should not be used to conceal facts about an attack on the Constitution from Congress or the public. As a result, the White House has chosen not to invoke executive privilege in connection with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s testimony.”
While Kushner was returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia and was not at the White House during the riot, Ivanka Trump was.
Mr Kushner’s evidence, according to one Democratic member of the committee, was “useful” in reconstructing the events of the day.
As with Mr Kushner and the committee’s other over 800 witnesses, Ms Trump testified in private. In May, public hearings are expected.
I think this witch hunt has gone on long enough. Why don’t these esteemed members of Congress do their job for the American people. How about doing something about the border, inflation, gas prices etc. Vote them all out unless you want to continue crying for Rep. Adam Kinzinger.