Former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka gave testimony to the House’s special committee investigating the incidents of January 6.
This week, her former chief of staff contradicted parts of that testimony where she gave reasons why she accompanied her father to the Ellipse to see his speech he gave at the Stop the Steal rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
Ivanka, who also served as a senior advisor to the White House at the time, told the committee in a videotaped deposition that she didn’t go to the rally so she could calm Trump down because he was up in arms after having a tense phone call with Vice President Mike Pence.
Preceding January 6, the president urged all his supporters to show up for his speech at the Ellipse that day. He tweeted:
“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”
Then, during his speech, he encouraged them all to march one down to the Capitol building, where Congress was inside certifying the results of the Electoral College.
While on a call before the speech, Pence notified Trump he wouldn’t stop the certification of the vote, which Trump wanted him to do as a way to prevent them from losing the election to President Joe Biden.
During the video deposition, one of the investigators asked Ivanka whether she attended the rally so that she could keep her father calm and “on an even keel.” Ivanka replied that that wasn’t why she attended the speech that day.
The House select committee played that video during its latest hearing, then they played a video interview they held with Ivanka’s chief of staff, Julie Radford. Investigators asked Radford what Ivanka shared with her about why she went to the rally.
Radford told investigators that Ivanka said her dad said Pence was “an expletive word.” She continued:
“I think that bothered her (Ivanka), and I think she could tell based on the conversation and what was going on the office that he was angry and upset and people were providing this information, and she felt like she might be able to help calm this situation down, at least before he went on stage.”
The clip that the committee played didn’t indicate if Ivanka ever told Radford why she was going to the Ellipse, though.
The committee also played another heavily-edited clip that showed Ivanka telling investigators that she indeed believed Trump and Pence lost the presidential election in 2020, way before the formal vote of the Electoral College happened on December 14 of that year.
The hearing that the committee held on Tuesday this week was the seventh one they’ve held in short order. The committee has been trying to paint the picture that Trump was heavily involved in organizing the insurrection on January 6 and encouraged many members of far-right wing organizations to eventually attack the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to stop the certification of the election results.