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Ivanka Trump appears at committee probing Capitol riots

April 6, 2022

Daughter and senior adviser of former US President Donald Trump appeared before the congressional committee probing the attack on US Capitol last year. Her husband, Jared Kushner, had also appeared before the committee.

A file photo of Ivanka Trump from 2021
Ivanka appeared virtually for the hearing and answered questions for several hoursImage: CNP/MediaPunch/imago images

Former US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump testified virtually on Tuesday to a congressional committee probing the January 6 Capitol riots.

The businesswoman, who was a senior adviser to her father, spent around eight hours answering the US House of Representatives committee.

Ivanka had been asked to appear voluntarily, as the committee had told her it had evidence that she had pleaded with him to call off the violence as his supporters stormed Congress.

The attack on the US Capitol had shut down Congress as lawmakers certified Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Investigations are being made into what allowed the attack to happen, and if Donald Trump and his aides encouraged it.

Investigation nears end

The committee has already spoken to around 800 witnesses, including Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner. 

Kushner, another top former White House aide, answered questions for six hours online last week. 

The committee has also accessed 90,000 documents and more than 435 phone tip-offs.

"She's answering questions. I mean, you know, not in a broad, chatty term, but she's answering questions," Representative Bennie Thompson, the panel's Democratic chairman, told CNN. 

"She came in on her own. That has obviously significant value. We did not have to subpoena," Thompson added. 

"One of the president's discussions with the vice president occurred by phone on the morning of January 6. You were present in the Oval Office and observed at least one side of that telephone conversation," said the letter by Thompson asking Ivanka to appear before the committee. 

The White House said last week it would reject any assertion of "executive privilege" — which allows presidents to keep certain work-related conversations with aides private — from Ivanka Trump.  

The investigation is approaching its end, with public hearings planned for May.

tg/sms (AFP, Reuters)