For approximately eight hours on Tuesday, Ivanka Trump testified before a special House committee investigating the Capitol riot that erupted on Jan. 6, after her father, former President Donald Trump, falsely claimed for weeks that he was being denied a second term in office due to widespread ballot fraud.
Ivanka’s testimony, which was done via a distant video link, came to a close at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
In an earlier statement, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chairman, said of Ivanka, who served as a senior White House counselor during her father’s presidency. “She is answering questions,” he said. On the day of the disturbance, she was working in the West Wing.
The senator told reporters on Capitol Hill, “I mean, I mean, I mean, you know, not in broad, talkative terms, but she’s addressing questions.”
Earlier this week, Ivanka Trump went before the committee five days after her husband Jared Kushner himself testified before the committee for more than six hours.
Kushner also served as a top counselor in the Trump administration, and he is the only other member of the Trump family who has spoken before the committee aside from his wife.
It is not just the riot by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021, that the panel is looking at, but also the activities of then-President Trump in connection with the counting of certified electoral votes by Congress on that day, which was intended to certify the election of Vice President Joe Biden.
Thompson noted that the committee did not have to issue a subpoena to Ivanka Trump, as it had to do in the case of a number of other Trump White House veterans and other allies of the former president, some of whom have refused to testify. Thompson expressed disappointment that the committee had to issue a subpoena to Ivanka Trump.
“She came in on her own initiative. It’s evident that this is of considerable importance,” Thompson stated.
When reporters inquired as to whether Ivanka Trump had supplied “any fresh information… new insights” during her testimony, Thompson responded with a wry grin, “Good try.”
In January, the committee wrote to Ivanka, informing her that the committee had evidence that she had been “in direct touch” with her father on January 6, according to the letter.
Members of President Trump’s White House staff have requested your assistance on multiple occasions, according to testimony obtained by the Select Committee, “to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill,” according to the letter.