The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill is presently seeking an interview with Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, Committee Chairman Bennie Tompson announced the decision to summon Ivanka, and he also released the formal letter the committee sent to the former president’s daughter.
In the letter, legislators indicated that they were seeking voluntary cooperation from Ivanka as part of their ongoing probe into the events of January 6. Lawmakers also indicated that they would only ask Ivanka about events or other relevant information pertaining to that specific day, including varied activities that either led up to or otherwise influenced the riot on Capitol Hill.
The January 6 panel also observed that Ivanka had allegedly been “present in the Oval Office,” during critical conversations that led up to the events of January 6. During her time, Ivanka ostensibly observed the conversation that took place between former Vice President Mike Pence and Trump.
Ivanka has since issued a statement through a spokesperson, which stated that the committee is already aware of the fact that Ivanka did not make a public appearance at the January 6 rally.
In addition, the statement also noted that Ivanka issued a statement at 3:15 p.m. on January 6, pleading for the rioters to respect law enforcement:
“Any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”
The statement also urged the protestors to be “peaceful.”
Trump has long criticized the January 6 committee’s probe as a highly partisan effort, and he has subsequently sought to block other aides from testifying. Moreover, Trump has also claimed executive privilege in his efforts to block White House documents from reaching the January 6 panel, though the Supreme Court recently stymied these efforts in an 8-1 vote.
U.S. Representative Liz Cheney is serving as the vice chair of the committee, as well as one of the GOP members on the committee. Earlier this month, Cheney stated that the panel has “firsthand testimony” regarding Ivanka’s pleas to her father on January 6.
“We know his daughter … went in at least twice to ask [Trump] to ‘please stop this violence.'” Cheney declared during an appearance on “This Week” with ABC.