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Is the January 6 Committee Going to Haul Ivanka Trump In to Dish on Her Dad?


Last month, we got a fun real-world example of the adage “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” when the January 6 committee revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about his father and the Capitol attack: “He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. The Capitol police tweet is not enough” and “We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.” There it was in black and white: Don Jr. doing something right for once in his life! Don Jr.—the same guy whose reaction to the tragic death of a woman on a film set was to sell T-shirts that read: “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people”— decrying violence! Of course, no one needed to get too far ahead of themselves, as this was also the same Don Jr. who, earlier in the day, during the rally at the Ellipse, told GOP lawmakers, “You have an opportunity today. You can be a hero, or you can be a zero. And the choice is yours. But we are all watching. The whole world is watching, folks. Choose wisely.”

In reality, the whole episode said less about Don Jr. than it did about his dad, i.e., that Donald Trump had gone so far off the deep end that even his namesake and “Number One Hype Man” was trying to talk some sense into him, sense that, as we know, did not penetrate the thick layer of congealed bronzer between the then president’s forehead and brain.

Anyway, we bring all this up because on Sunday, Liz Cheney, the select committee’s vice chair, noted in an interview that investigators have critical testimony further proving Donald Trump knew about the bloody insurrection but nevertheless did nothing to stop it, and it involves yet another one of his offspring. Speaking to ABC News, Cheney said that the panel has “firsthand testimony” that during the attack, Ivanka Trump at least twice asked her father to intervene to stop the scene unfolding at the Capitol. “We know his daughter—we have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence,’” Cheney said.

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As CNN notes, I Alone Can Fix It, by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, and Peril, by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, include anecdotes in which Ivanka spoke to her dad on the day of January 6, telling him, according to Peril, “Let this thing go” and “Let it go.” On Sunday committee chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN’s Dana Bash, “We have significant testimony that leads us to believe that the White House had been told to do something. We want to verify all of it so that when we produce our report and when we have the hearings, the public will have an opportunity to see for themselves.” He added, “It’s highly unusual for anyone in charge of anything to watch what’s going on and do nothing.”

As in the case of her brother, no one should be preparing a Presidential Medal of Freedom for Ivanka, who, one would have thought, could have done a little more than simply urging her father to “let this thing go,” like, say, grabbing his shoulders and screaming, “Snap out of it!” or “It’s over—you lost!” And of course, it’s important to note that despite apparently wanting the violence to stop, she initially addressed the people who had stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop democracy as “American patriots,” before realizing that coddling insurrectionists might not look great for the brand. Also, for all her concern, Princess Purses seemingly got over the whole scene in record time, reportedly hosting a dinner party the next day with Jared at which the deadly siege never once came up. As for whether or not she can expect a subpoena from the select committee, that’s unclear, though as The Post noted over the summer, both she and Jared Kushner presumably have loads of “useful information” they could share.

In her interview, Cheney reiterated that not only is it abundantly clear that Trump acted—or more to the point, didn’t act—totally outrageously on that day last January, but that anyone who thinks this guy should be given another shot at the White House is out of their mind. “Any man who would not do so, any man who would provoke a violent assault on the Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes, any man who would watch television as police officers were being beaten, as his supporters were invading the Capitol of the United States, is clearly unfit for future office,” Cheney said. “Clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again.”

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