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Ivanka Trump Gives 8 Hours of Testimony to Capitol Riot Panel on Jan. 6


White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump.

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Ivanka Trump testified for about eight hours on Tuesday before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that began after her father, former President Donald Trump, spent weeks falsely claiming that he was denied a second term in the White House due to widespread voter fraud. .

Ivanka’s testimony, which was conducted via a remote video connection, ended around 6 p.m. ET.

“She answers questions,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chair of the committee, said earlier of Ivanka, who served as a senior White House adviser during her father’s presidency. She was in the west wing the day of the riot.

“I mean, you know, not in general, gossipy terms, but she answers questions,” Thompson told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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Ivanka Trump testified five days after her husband Jared Kushner himself answered committee questions for more than six hours.

Kushner was also a senior White House adviser to Trump and is the only other relative in the family to testify before the committee other than his wife.

The panel is investigating not only the riot of Trump supporters on January 6, 2021, but also President Trump’s actions related to the counting of electoral votes certified by Congress that day, which was to confirm the election of President Joe. Biden.

Thompson noted that the committee did not have to issue a subpoena to Ivanka Trump, as it had to for a number of other Trump White House veterans and other allies of the former president, some of whom refused to testify.

“She just happened on her own. Obviously that has significant value,” Thompson said.

Asked by reporters if Ivanka Trump had provided “new information…new insights” in her testimony, Thompson jokingly replied, “Nice try.”

In January, the committee sent Ivanka a letter saying the panel had evidence that she was in “direct contact” with her father on January 6.

“Testimony obtained by the select committee indicates that White House staff members repeatedly requested your assistance to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill.” , indicates this letter.

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