The testimony of the eldest daughter of the former president comes after her husband appeared before the panel last week.
The eldest daughter of former President Donald Trump has testified before a congressional committee investigating the deadly case. riot of January 6, 2021 in the United States Capitol.
Ivanka Trump fielded questions for about eight hours Tuesday before the panel, which had originally requested her testimony in January. Her appearance, which was closed to the public, came a week after her husband, Jared Kushner, testified before the committee.
The couple, both White House advisers at the time, had reportedly urged Trump to suspend protesters when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6 as lawmakers gathered to certify victory. election of President Joe Biden.
The event followed a week-long misinformation campaign by Trump and his allies, in which they perpetuated baseless claims of widespread fraud and alleged the election was “stolen.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel’s Democratic chair, told reporters that Ivanka was generally cooperative.
He is answering questions. I mean, you know, not in a broad, chatty term, but she is answering questions,” she said.
“She came in alone, that obviously has significant value,” he added. “We didn’t have to quote.”
Further details of Ivanka Trump’s testimony and its significance to the investigation were not immediately available.
US Representative Zoe Lofgren had previously described Kushner’s testimony to CNN Tonight as “a helpful exchange.”
So far, the committee has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and collected thousands of documents during its investigation, which has sought to penetrate Trump’s inner circle to determine whether any crimes related to the unrest on Capitol Hill were committed. Such a determination could lead the panel to criminally refer Trump to the Justice Department.
Various Trump allies they have resisted testify to investigators. So far, the panel has referred four Trump advisers to the House at large for criminal contempt of Congress. The reference from Trump ally Steve Bannon later led to criminal charges by the Justice Department.
Ivanka Trump’s testimony follows revelations of a seven-hour gap in Trump’s phone records during the Capitol violence.
The breach has led to speculation that Trump used a personal or disposable “burner” phone to circumvent a law that requires the preservation of White House records, including phone records.
Trump has denied ever using a “burner” phone, or even knowing what it is.