Ivanka Trump, the daughter and Senior Advisor of former United States President Donald Trump, testified before the January 6 committee on Tuesday. Ivanka, 40, was “not chatty” but gave a helpful testimony to the House Select Committee, which has been charged with investigating the January 6 insurrection of the United States Capitol.
Representative Bennie Thompson, a member of the Democratic party and a lawmaker from Mississippi, said that Ivanka Trump’s testimony to the committee was valuable as she was not subpoenaed and “came in on her own.”
According to reports from Reuters citing unnamed sources, Ivanka Trump’s interaction with the January 6 committee lasted for more than eight hours on Tuesday, ending around 6 PM. The former President’s daughter spoke to the House Select Committee virtually.
Ivanka Trump’s husband and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner also spoke to the January 6 committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, last week. The testimony, which went on for more than six hours, was described as “helpful” by the nine-member panel.
Lawmakers have said they want to discuss what Ivanka Trump knew about her father’s efforts, including a telephone call they say she witnessed, to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject Biden’s 2020 election win as part of his ceremonial role overseeing the electoral count. Former United States Vice President Mike Pence rejected those efforts.
Ivanka Trump’s cooperation stands in contrast with some of her father’s other top advisers, several of whom have refused to cooperate as the former president has fought the probe, according to reports from the Associated Press.
Former United States President Donald Trump has tried to exert executive privilege over documents and interviews, but in many cases has been overruled by courts or Biden, who has that authority as the sitting president.