Ivanka Trump 'Suspicious' Testimony Was Key to Capitol Riot Investigation

A lawmaker leading the House committee's investigation into the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has said that while Ivanka Trump provided a "suspicious" testimony, her account of the events leading up to the attack helped "fill in a lot of the gaps."

On Monday, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson expressed his qualms about former President Donald Trump's daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner's willingness to testify as other top Trump aides have refused to do so citing executive privilege.

"I just know that if the children went and the others didn't because he told them not to go, based on their own accounting, that's just suspicious," Thompson told CNN. "I think it's ironic that he would tell some people not to come and they follow his direction and get held in contempt of Congress," while key family members did the opposite and testified.

The former president has criticized his daughter for her eight-hour interviews with the House panel, telling The Washington Post it was a "shame and harassment" and that he had offered "privilege" to both her and Kushner.

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January 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said it was "suspicious" to him that Ivanka Trump would testify in front of the House panel when many of her father's top advisers were instructed not to. Above Ivanka addresses attendees on the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty

On the other hand, the White House refused to offer privilege to former Trump administration officials, including the couple.

"Now we have four individuals who are being held in contempt of Congress because they were directed by the president not to come. So they are under the bus, but his children are not. They came," Thompson said.

Former Trump advisors Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro have all been held in contempt of Congress by the House for refusing to cooperate with the committee. Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is also expected to testify to the committee. His fiancé, Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared in front of investigators last month.

On Monday, Thompson said that while Ivanka Trump and Kushner's testimonies were not against the former president, they did corroborate the accounts of other key witnesses, who said Trump had been advised to call off the mob at the Capitol before the building was breached.

"There were questions asked about what was she doing at the time that the insurrection was occurring at the Capitol, and she told us," Thompson said. The congressman noted that Ivanka also didn't invoke the Fifth Amendment.

"They kinda supported the fact that the president was told he had to do something to stop the January 6 insurrection. That he had to be public with it; he had to be direct," Thompson added. "So in that respect...we have been able to systematically, with our depositions and interviewing of other witnesses, we've been able to fill in a lot of the gaps."

The committee is seeking to uncover what the then-president was doing and who he was in communication with on January 6, 2021, due to the nearly eight-hour gap in the presidential phone logs from that day.