January 6 committee members in the U.S. House of Representatives have publicly revealed that they have “firsthand testimony” that then-President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump made two attempts to plead for him to try and calm the pro-Trump mob.
These testimonies were confirmed by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), vice-chair of the January 6 committee. An embattled Republican, Cheney was voted out of her own party by the Wyoming GOP Committee, and recalled as House Republican Conference chair in Congress due to her anti-Trump views.
“We know his daughter,” Cheney told ABC News, “we have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence.'”
The January 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) called this testimony “significant” in a CNN interview because it confirms the White House “had been told to do something.”
While the details of the testimony are still forthcoming, Thompson said we can be sure that they will be made available to the public through the Committee’s report on the January 6 attack, and public hearings which are gearing up to start this year. The January 6 Committee’s first interim report is expected to release this summer.
When asked if he believed a criminal referral could come out of these actions, Thompson said, “We don’t know … If there’s anything we come upon as a committee that we think would warrant a referral to the Department of Justice, we’ll do that.”
These revelations come days before the anniversary of the deadly event when pro-Trump rioters temporarily overcame Capitol Police, storming the Capitol building causing damage to the space itself and injuring hundreds of officers. Several people died on the day of the attack, and later four officers who were present at the riots tragically died by suicide. The aim of the attack seemed to be to disrupt the joint Congress session that was formalizing Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory over Trump.