In a letter that marked an important step for the investigation into Trump’s inner circle, the House select committee told Ivanka Trump, then a senior adviser to her father, that it had evidence that she had pleaded with him to stop the violence. when his supporters stormed Congress. .
“Testimony obtained by the committee indicates that members of the White House staff requested their assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill,” he told him. President Bennie Thompson.
Investigators are looking into how the attack, which shut down Congress, occurred and whether then-President Trump and members of his inner circle were involved in encouraging it.
He has already issued subpoenas for several key figures in Trump’s orbit, including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
The committee said Ivanka Trump’s actions as the riots were unfolding were a “key focus” of the investigation, and that she appeared to have direct knowledge of her father’s attempt to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to stop counting electoral votes. .
“As January 6th approached, President Trump tried on multiple occasions to persuade Vice President Pence to participate in his plan,” Thompson wrote.
“One of the president’s conversations with the vice president occurred over the phone on the morning of January 6. You were present in the Oval Office and you watched at least one side of that phone conversation.”
The panel said in a statement that it was also seeking input from Ivanka about concerns raised by White House lawyers, lawmakers and Pence advisers about plans to pressure the vice president to reverse the election.
“The committee would like to discuss any other conversations you have witnessed or participated in regarding the President’s plan to obstruct or prevent the counting of electoral votes,” Thompson wrote.
Source Credit: TheGuardian
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