Jan 6 Committee Requests Ivanka Trump's Information
The House select committee looking into the riot on January 6 asked former President Donald Trump's daughter and then-senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump to cooperate with its investigation voluntarily. This is a major step for the committee as it closes in on the former President's inner circle.
On Thursday, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol sent a letter to Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald J. Trump, demanding her assistance in its inquiry.
The letter to Ms. Trump, who served as one of the President's senior advisers, comes after Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and vice chairwoman of the select committee, said on January 6 that the panel had gathered evidence that Ms. Trump pleaded with her father to end the violence as a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.
"We know his daughter — we have firsthand information — that his daughter Ivanka stepped in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence," Ms. Cheney told ABC News earlier this month.
In the letter, the panel's chairman, Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, said that investigators had received information from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general. The latter served as Vice President Mike Pence's national security adviser.
Mr. Kellogg said that he and Ms. Trump were in the Oval Power on January 6 when Mr. Trump persuaded Mr. Pence over the phone to embrace a plan to throw electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to keep Mr. Trump in office.
According to Mr. Kellogg, the President reprimanded Mr. Pence for not being "active enough" in his efforts to overturn the election.
According to Mr. Kellogg, Ms. Trump then turned to him and said, "Mike Pence is a fantastic man."
Mr. Thompson stated, "The committee has information suggesting that President Trump's White House counsel may have judged that the behavior directed by President Trump to Vice President Pence would violate the Constitution or be otherwise improper."
"Did you discuss those matters with any members of the White House Counsel's Office?"
The letter also revealed that an unidentified member of the House Freedom Caucus who was aware of Mr. Trump's plans texted former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that "if POTUS allows this to occur... we're driving a stake into the heart of the federal republic."
The letter is the committee's latest effort to get Mr. Trump's family about events leading up to the Capitol incident.
According to CNN, the panel has also demanded phone and text message records between the former President's son Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of another son, Donald Trump Jr.
The Supreme Court refused the former President's bid to halt the release of White House documents relating to the January 6 assault on Wednesday evening, rejecting Mr. Trump's claim of executive privilege and clearing the way for the House committee to begin receiving the materials.
Within hours following the decision, the National Archives began providing the committee with hundreds of pages of documents.
On Thursday, a panel spokesperson claimed that the committee had received part of the documents and that the rest would be released as soon as the archives could remove them.
January 6 panel wants to talk with Ivanka Trump