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Former White House adviser Ivanka Trump may have testified before the January 6 congressional committee, but Ms. Trump is now under fresh scrutiny. The former first daughter’s actions on January 6 are under scrutiny as of late following conflicting testimonies from Trump White House insiders.
A report by Politico revealed that Ms. Trump’s actions on January 6, when the insurrection took place, are now being scrutinized by investigators due to the conflicting testimonies of White House officials. The issue at hand is the extent of Ms. Trump’s efforts to get her father to call off the riots that killed five people and injured dozens.
Ms. Trump and some members of the Trump White House have said that she only asked her father once to post on Twitter “supporting Capitol Police minutes after she first went in and asked him to say something about the attack.”
But according to now-former vice president Mike Pence’s national security adviser Keith Kellogg in his testimony to the committee, Ms. Trump had to approach her father several times in order to get the now-former president to take action. Based on Kellogg’s testimony, in a letter sent to Ms. Trump, she agreed to speak with her father, “but had to make multiple efforts to persuade President Trump to act.”
Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan noted that legal experts have said that this particular detail in Kellogg’s testimony could bear weight on the former president’s “potential criminal exposure” and that the efforts and actions of Donald Trump’s inner circle, including his own daughter, are also the focus of the congressional panel.
Other details of what was transpiring as the insurrection was taking place have since surfaced in many reports. Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, who serves on the committee, said that it was “chilling” to learn that Pence refused to get in a car with his Secret Service agents to leave the Capitol.
An account of the events was previously reported by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Pence reportedly told his lead security agent Tim Giebels that while he trusted him, he was not going to get into the car.
The now-former vice president “uttered what I think are the six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car,’” said Raskin, according to NBC News.
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