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With the probe into the Capitol insurrection by the House Committee moving forward to members of Congress, former White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump was also implicated in the probe. Now, Ms. Trump is facing calls to get subpoenaed for her text message and phone records.
Speaking with CNN’s Manu Raju, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham revealed that he spoke with Ms. Trump, telling her to deliver a message to her father as the Capitol was broken into by a mob of the now-former president’s supporters. This comes as the House committee probing the riots revealed text messages from lawmakers sent to the former president’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham said he didn’t text with Meadows on Jan. 6 – but told me he spoke with Ivanka Trump to deliver a message to her dad. He said he wanted then-President Trump to ‘tell his people to leave’” tweeted Raju.
Aside from text messages from sitting members of Congress, Rep. Liz Cheney, who is the committee’s vice-chair, also read out a text message from Ms. Trump’s brother, Donald Trump Jr, telling Meadows to tell his father to call off the mob. However, it remains unclear if Ms. Trump took any action when the South Carolina Republican asked her to talk to her father.
This led to speculation as to what Ms. Trump, and her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, were talking with Meadows as the riots occurred. Ms. Trump retweeted one of her father’s statements, but when aides did not think it was enough, she tweeted a statement of her own but deleted it later following backlash upon referring to the insurrectionists as “patriots.”
In other related news, Meadows revealed in his upcoming book that Ms. Trump was the one who thought of the controversial photo op that her father took outside a church in Washington DC amidst the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. According to the former chief of staff, Ms. Trump wanted to shore up support from “people of faith” who followed the Trump administration.
Meadows wrote that Ms. Trump suggested that her father address the country from the Rose Garden as initially planned, then lead a group of his closest officials and advisers to St. John’s Church. Trump would then give another set of remarks from there, according to Meadows.