Ivanka Trump's Jan. 6 Testimony Could Reveal Ex-President's 'State of Mind'

Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of Donald Trump and one of his closest advisers during his presidency, appeared Tuesday before the House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, and committee members were expected to pay close attention to anything she could reveal about her father's "state of mind" that day.

In a letter requesting her voluntary cooperation with the investigation, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson informed her that the committee believes her proximity to the former president on the day of the riot gave her "knowledge bearing directly on the President's actions or inaction on January 6th, and his mind as the violent attack occurred at the Capitol."

One committee member, Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy, told the Associated Press that Ivanka "has details about what occurred in the lead-up to and on January 6 and about the former president's state of mind as events unfolded."

The former first daughter's testimony comes just days after her husband and top Trump adviser Jared Kushner sat for an interview with the House panel. Thompson said that "there were some things revealed" in Kushner's testimony but stopped short of sharing those developments with the public. Ivanka and her husband are among the highest-ranking officials to testify before the committee. Neither of them was subpoenaed.

In its letter to Ivanka, the committee laid out four critical matters it is seeking from the interview—one leading up to January 6, two involving the unfolding of events that day and the fourth about the riot's aftermath.

First, the panel is seeking any information she might have about the early-morning call between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence—a conversation that Ivanka was present for in the Oval Office, according to testimony from Keith Kellogg, Pence's former national security adviser.

The panel has also asked her to provide knowledge she has on "any other conversations you may have witnessed or participated in regarding the President's plan to obstruct or impede the counting of electoral votes" ahead of the joint meeting of Congress on January 6 to certify the election.

The committee noted there were messages that revealed top White House staffers opposed Trump's desire to overturn the election's results. The panel wants to ask her whether her father was aware that his senior staff and lawyers believed Pence should have gone against his wishes for a challenge to Joe Biden's victory.

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Ivanka Trump appeared Tuesday before the House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, just days after her husband, Jared Kushner, sat for an interview. Above, Ivanka arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. Alex Edelman/AFP

Secondly, the panel is seeking any information Ivanka has on discussions inside the White House before and after Trump's 2:24 p.m. tweet in which he wrote that Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution."

The tweet in question falls within a nearly eight-hour gap that exists in the presidential phone log turned over to the committee.

The panel hopes that Ivanka, who was urged by staffers to speak with her father during that period, can shed light on those conversations and provide insight as to why Trump did not address the nation on live television as the Capitol was being attacked.

As the situation at the Capitol intensified, Trump was asked by members of his own party to hold an emergency press briefing urging the mob to leave. Instead of doing so, the president released a pretaped video hours later, telling his supporters, "I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace."

Thirdly, the committee wants Ivanka to reveal whether her father gave an order to deploy the National Guard. While former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Twitter that the National Guard had been deployed, the panel said there was no evidence that this was ordered by Trump.

Former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller specifically stated he was never contacted by Trump on January 6.

Finally, the panel wants Ivanka to provide information about an "effort after January 6th to persuade President Trump not to associate himself with certain people, and to avoid further discussion regarding election fraud allegations."

Some of the Trump administration officials who have been legally ordered to appear before the committee have refused to do so and, as a result, have been charged with contempt of Congress.