WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump, former President Donald J. TrumpHis eldest daughter, who was one of his senior advisers, is in talks with the House of Representatives investigative committee. January 6 attack on the Capitol about the possibility of cooperating with the panel, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
It remains unclear whether the negotiations, which aides have described as preliminary, will result in Ms. Trump providing key information to the panel or whether they are simply a stalling tactic. as some committee aides fear. But it was the latest example of a jury trying to reach the former president’s inner circle to determine what he was doing and saying when rioters stormed the Capitol on his behalf.
Mrs. Trump was one of a number of aides who tried but failed to convince Mr. Trump to stop the violence that left more than 150 police officers injured and sent lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to flee to save their lives. .
Ms. Trump’s lawyers have been negotiating with the committee since January, when the committee sent her a letter asking her to give voluntary testimony, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
People familiar with the discussions said she has yet to agree on a date when she can speak to committee investigators, and the panel made no threats about a subpoena. impending trial. People close to Mrs. Trump said she hoped to avoid a subpoena and had no intention of taking to the streets due to her father’s ally Stephen K. Bannon, who refused to cooperate with the committee and was subsequently arrested. prosecuted for contempt of Congress charges.
“Ivanka Trump is in discussions with the committee to voluntarily appear for an interview,” a spokeswoman for Ms. Trump confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
Mr. Trump did not claim his daughter despite the committee’s requests, as he has done with his other former top aides. And it would be difficult for Mrs. Trump to take any steps without Mr. Trump’s knowledge and approval, people familiar with her thinking said.
Instead, the former president has portrayed his adult children as the victims of an investigation he has dismissed as illegal.
Mrs. Trump’s private discussions with the committee took place as the committee’s attorneys also talk to another potential key witness: Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who helped lead the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
During those discussions, Mr. Giuliani’s attorney made it clear to the committee that the former New York mayor had no intention of providing information against Mr. Trump, arguing that would violate his attorney’s prerogative. -clients and Mr. Trump’s claims of executive privilege. , but he is considering providing information about his dealings with members of Congress, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
With the Capitol under siege, both Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump called lawmakers to try to delay the confirmation of the victory of Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The committee has so far treated Ms. Trump with respect, seeking only her voluntary cooperation, insisting that its members respect her privacy and insisting that her questions They will be limited to events directly related to the January 6 attacks.
That’s partly because members of the panel see her as a central witness in their investigation and worry about public backlash if it is seen as overly aggressive towards family members. family of the former president. The committee has been reluctant to use its subpoena power against members of the Trump family, the media and members of Congress.
The jury obtained several statements about Mrs. Trump’s interactions with her father in connection with the January 6 attacks and the events that led to the violence.
On January 20 letter to Mrs. TrumpThe committee said it had heard from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who served as Pence’s national security adviser, about Trump’s refusal to condemn violence as crowds engulfed the Capitol, despite White House officials – including Mrs. Trump, at least twice – urging him to do so.
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Mr. Kellogg testified that Mr. Trump declined his requests as did Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary. Mr. Kellogg then called on Mrs. Trump to intervene.
“She came back, because Ivanka can be quite tenacious,” Mr. Kellogg testified.
Mr. Kellogg also testified that he and Mrs. Trump witnessed a phone call in the Oval Office on the morning of January 6 in which Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence to vote for Mr. Biden. when Congress meets to make the official results, thus invalidating the 2020 election and allowing Mr. Trump to stay in office.
Mr. Kellogg told the committee that the president had accused Mr. Pence of not being “tough” enough to overturn the election. Mrs. Trump then turned to Mr. Kellogg and said, “Mike Pence is a good man,” Mr. Kellogg testified.
The investigation risks turning unwelcome attention to Mrs. Trump, who has disappeared from the public eye since the tumultuous end of her father’s presidency. During her 4 years in the Trump administration, she worked to establish a political brand of her own, focusing on issues of women in the workforce and present himself as a more polished Trump, free of the malicious tweets and erratic behavior.
She gave the most important speech at the Republican National Convention and became one of the biggest attractors for fundraisers and as a campaign representative. nominations, for both her father and other Republican candidates.
Mr. Trump likes to float the idea that she might one day run for president on her own and, after leaving the White House, there is speculation that Ms. Trump could challenge Sen. Marco Rubio for his seat in Florida. , where she later moved with her family. Mr. Trump’s term is over.
Instead, Mrs. Trump went mostly into the dark, surprising even some of her longtime confidants. On the social media feeds she’s spent years managing, she’s posted three photos of herself over the past 13 months: two of her getting her vaccinations and one of herself. food box delivery.
She’s still asking for Republican candidates in the midterm elections, but so far she’s gone off the beaten track of the campaign and out of the endorsement game. Instead, she lives her private life in Miami, a few hours from her father’s Mar-a-Lago complex, where she remains the object of tabloid attraction.
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