On the morning of January 6, 2021, President Donald Trump was at the Oval Office along with his daughter Ivanka. Vice President Mike Pence’s national safety adviser. He made another push to press Pence.
Trump told Pence again that he had a responsibility to reject Electoral College votes. This would formalize Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 presidential election. The vice president was not authorized to do that during his ceremonial role as Congressman that day.
According to congressional testimony, Trump said to Pence that he didn’t have the courage or strength to make difficult decisions. Pence refused to call Trump a “wimp” and issued a lengthy statement stating that he did not have the power to alter the outcome.
Ivanka Trump, a retired Lieutenant-General Keith Kellogg, said that Mike Pence was a good man after the call had ended.
Kellogg responded, “Yes, he’s,”
The House committee that is investigating the riot now wants to know more about Ivanka Trump’s experience on the day. They are trying to piece together the story of the riots, and the role played by the former president in their instigation. Many of Trump’s most powerful supporters tried to convince him to intervene. Some even attempted to use his daughter as their conduit.
A member of the committee said that they hope she will soon agree to a meeting time.
Ivanka Trump, a rare voice that could reach out to her father and get him to reconsider his bad decisions, was a well-known figure throughout her time at the White House. However, her success stories were mixed. Since her father’s departure, the former first-daughter has maintained a low profile and distanced herself from politics and him since moving to Florida.
However, her proximity to Trump on Jan. 6 may allow the committee direct access to his activities during those critical three hours when his supporters stormed Capitol.
“Ivanka Trump has details regarding what happened in the lead-up and on Jan. 6, and about the former President’s state-of-mind as events unfolded,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla), told The Associated Press.
Although it is unusual for congressional investigators not to target the family members of presidents, she was a senior advisor to her father and had access to high power.
Kellogg shared the information with the committee. Ivanka Trump, a famously protective of her image and public profile has so far not spoken to the panel.
These answers could have important repercussions for Donald Trump, who wants to make a comeback in 2024.
Multiple requests for comment were not answered by a spokeswoman for Ivanka Donald. In a statement, however, she stated that Ivanka Trump had not spoken at the rally in front of the White House, where the former president urged his supporters “fight like hell” while Congress met to confirm the results. She also said that she believed that any security breach or disrespect to law enforcement was unacceptable.
The members of the committee want to go beyond these vague statements.
Ivanka Trump, brother Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani joined Kimberly Guilfoyle in listening to Trump’s speech hours after Trump called Pence.
According to , she said to aides that she “decided not to attend simply because she had hoped calm the president and keep the event on an even track.”
Trump’s speech was interrupted by rioters breaking through Capitol police barriers and windows. The former president took to Twitter to say that Mike Pence had not shown the courage to do the right thing to defend our Country and our Constitution …”.
According to court testimony, that tweet only fuelled the mob’s anger.
As staffers looked on in shock as the unfolding events down Pennsylvania Avenue were shown on the television screens throughout the West Wing’s West Wing, Trump was so captivated that he hit rewind to rewatch certain moments, according Stephanie Grisham (former White House press secretary).
According to Grisham who was also chief of staff for Melania Trump, Trump stated, “Look at all the people fighting to me.” The president was at one point confused as to why his staff wasn’t more excited than he was as he watched the unrest unfold.
Kellogg stated that the staff asked Trump to immediately address violence at the Capitol. But Trump refused.
“Is anyone getting to potus?” He must tell protestors that they should dissipate. “Someone is going to be killed,” Alyssa Farah, a former White House communications officer, sent Ben Williamson, an aide of White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows, a text message.
“I have been trying for 30 minutes. Literally stormed the outer oval to get him out to produce the first one. Williamson replied, “It’s totally insane.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), was then known as Ivanka Trump. He pleaded that the president “ask people for their forgiveness.”
She replied, “We’re working towards it.”
Staffers then acknowledged that Meadows, Kayleigh McEnany, Kayleigh McEnany, and Kellogg had failed to get through to him, and that his daughter was the only one who could.
According to testimony, Ivanka Trump made at least two “tenacious” attempts to talk with her father, as staffers were bombarded by messages from Trump allies, begging them to stop the violence.
“Can he make any statement. I saw the tweet. Meadows was asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity to ask people to leave the “Capitol”.
Kellogg strongly advised that the West Wing not ask the President to appear in the Press Room, where there would be a number of reporters waiting.
“Apparently, some White House staff believed that a live nonscripted press conference by the President in the middle of the Capitol Hill violence could make the situation worse,” wrote lawmakers in a letter to Ivanka.
The president eventually agreed to make a video statement. Multiple takes were taken, but they weren’t used. According to the committee, he did not ask rioters to vacate during any of the first takes.
The final video was posted on Twitter at 4:07 p.m., nearly two hours after Trump’s original tweet in which he criticised Pence.
Trump stated in the video that “this was a fraudulent electoral election, but we cannot play into the hands these people.” We must have peace. So go home. We love you, you are very special.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chair of a House committee investigating Jan. 6 insurrection has stated that it is hard to imagine a more serious and grave dereliction or duty than Trump’s failures to quell the riots.
Trump’s final words of the day were at 6:01 p.m., when he tweeted that the 2020 election had been “unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriotics who have been poorly and unfairly treated for so many years.”
He concluded by saying, “Go home in love and peace.” This day will be remembered forever.
The committee has interviewed nearly 500 witnesses and subpoenaed Meadows as well as Trump’s lawyer. They want Ivanka Trump’s cooperation voluntarily.