Ivanka Trump to Testify to House Panel Investigating Jan. 6 Attack

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of former President Donald J. Trump who served as one of his top aides, plans to testify Tuesday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, according to a person familiar with the matter. with the matter. .

Mrs. Trump was one of several aides who tried to persuade the president to call off the violence that ultimately injured more than 150 police officers and sent lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing for safety, according to evidence gathered by the committee.

The timeline for her testimony, which was previously reported by NBC, comes days after her husband, Jared Kushner, who was also a top Trump adviser, showed up for an interview and provided what one panel member described as “valuable “. and “useful” information.

“Some things were revealed, but we’ll share them a little bit later,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and committee chairman, said of Kushner’s testimony.

Mrs. Trump and Mr. Kushner are among the highest-ranking Trump White House officials to testify before the committee. The interviews have been closed to the public as the panel conducts its work in secret.

Mrs. Trump’s lawyers have been in talks with the committee since January, when they sent her a letter requesting voluntary testimony. In the letter, dated January 20, the committee said it had heard from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who was Pence’s national security adviser. Kellogg had described Trump’s refusal to condemn the violence when the mob invaded Capitol Hill, despite being urged to do so by White House officials, including Trump, at least twice, the letter said.

Mr. Kellogg testified that the president had rejected his pleas, as well as those of Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary. Kellogg then asked Trump to intervene.

“She came back because Ivanka can be quite tenacious,” Kellogg testified.

Mr. Kellogg also testified that he and Mrs. Trump had witnessed a phone call in the Oval Office on the morning of January 6 in which Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence to agree to a plan to scrap the electoral votes of Joseph R. Biden Jr. when Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College. The call to Pence was part of an effort to invalidate the 2020 election and give Trump a chance to stay in office.

Kellogg told the committee that the president had accused Pence of not being “tough enough” to nullify the election. Mrs. Trump then told Mr. Kellogg, “Mike Pence is a good man,” Mr. Kellogg testified.

The committee has interviewed more than 800 witnesses and plans to interview dozens more. Mr. Thompson told reporters on Monday that he had authorized an additional five subpoenas that day.

Thompson said the committee had dismissed a subpoena for Pence, citing “significant information” he had received from two of his aides, Marc Short and Greg Jacob.

“There will not be a subpoena,” Thompson said, adding, “We have been able to validate many of the statements attributed to President Trump and the Vice President without their specific testimony.”

“There is no effort on the part of the committee to get him in,” he said of Pence, adding: “Initially we thought it would be important, but at this point we know that people broke in here and wanted to hang him. We know that his security team had to protect him at an undisclosed location on Capitol Hill. We know the people who tried to change his mind, about the count and all that. So what do we need?

Thompson also indicated that the panel is unlikely to call Trump as a witness.

“I don’t know anything else that we can ask Donald Trump that the public doesn’t already know,” Thompson said. “He ran his mouth for four years.”

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