Donald Trump Turns On Daughter, Dismissing Riot Testimony

Lisa McLoughlin

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Donald Trump Turns On Daughter, Dismissing Riot Testimony

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Former President Donald Trump has dismissed his daughter’s testimony to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots.

Trump claimed that Ivanka, 40, was not 'looking at election results' and had 'long checked out' after a portion of her remarks were played during the hearing examining the insurrection at the Capitol Hill on 6 January, 2021.

In a videotaped statement shown to the committee on Thursday, 9 June, the former White House aide said she 'accepted' US Attorney General Bill Barr’s dismissal of the outgoing president's claims that mass voter fraud had caused him to lose the election.

Ivanka Trump's testimony was shown to the committee on Thursday, 9 June. Credit: Alamy
Ivanka Trump's testimony was shown to the committee on Thursday, 9 June. Credit: Alamy

She said: "It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr so I accepted what he was saying."

In response to the testimony, Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social: “Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, election results.

“She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).”

The former president also branded Barr 'weak' and claimed he 'was scared stiff of being impeached'.

Ivanka was a presidential adviser in her father's administration and was present at the rally her father hosted outside the White House just before the insurrection took place.

The US House of Representatives' Select Committee will hold another five hearings over the next two weeks following a year-long inquiry that saw them conduct 1,000 interviews and gather 140,000 documents.

Donald Trump claimed Ivanka had 'checked out' in response to her testimony. Credit: Alamy
Donald Trump claimed Ivanka had 'checked out' in response to her testimony. Credit: Alamy

The congressional committee is led by Democrats, who formed the panel after Republicans blocked attempts to set up a full independent inquiry, while two Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are also involved.

The committee’s aim is to give a comprehensive account of the 6 January riot and show there was a 'coordinated, multi-step effort' to 'overturn' the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Speaking at the opening hearing on Thursday, the committee's chairman and Democrat lawmaker Bennie Thompson said: "Jan 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt, as one writer put it shortly after Jan 6, to overthrow the government.

"The violence was no accident. It was Trump's last stand."

Liz Cheney, a Republican congresswoman, added: "Those who invaded our Capitol and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president.

"President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack."

Four people died on the day of the US Capitol riot while more than 100 police officers were injured. Four other officers later died by suicide following the event.

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Topics: Politics, US News, Donald Trump

Lisa McLoughlin
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