Former President Donald Trump took out his frustrations on Democrats and the January 6 Committee in particular during an interview with the Washington Examiner over the weekend.
The former president was outraged that the House think tank has focused on Ivanka Trump, his eldest daughter. Ivanka, who served in the White House as an adviser for nearly four years, was contacted by the Committee with a request for her voluntary cooperation with the Committee’s investigation.
Speaking to the right-wing publication, Trump attacked Democrats for what he described as a politically motivated campaign against him and his family.RELATED
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“They are using whatever power they have. Do not care. They are ruthless people,” he said of the Democrats and the January 6 panel specifically.
“It is a shame what is happening. They use these things to try to make people forget how incompetent our country is run. And they don’t care. They go for the children,” he said.
Ivanka Trump is, of course, an adult and former White House employee; however, Donald Trump has reacted angrily to the commission’s request for his testimony, as well as ongoing efforts by New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the Trump Organization, run by his sons Eric and Donald Jr.
The Committee has not required your daughter’s testimony via subpoena, but that could change in the future if she denies their request.
New York Attorney General Letitia James
On Thursday, the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, wrote that the committee planned to investigate attempts by White House staffers and other Trump supporters to goad Ivanka and others in the president’s closest circle of advisers into persuading him. to withdraw his supporters or call in the National Guard during the January 6 siege of Congress.
The panel has obtained testimony indicating that Ivanka Trump, like White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, was one of the main recipients of desperate pleas from other Trump allies urging the president to act and stand up. to the attack as it unfolded, according to Thompson, who wrote that “White House staffers requested his assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence in the United States.” Capitol”.
Ivanka Trump responded with a rare statement distancing herself from her father’s rally outside the White House on January 6, though she did not directly address the Committee’s request.
“Ivanka Trump has just learned that the January 6 Committee has issued a public letter asking her to appear. As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” a spokesperson for Ivanka said.
“As she publicly stated that day at 3:15 p.m., ‘Any violation of security or disrespect to our security forces is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful,’” the spokesman said.
Republicans have spent months playing down the conclusions of the Capitol Riot Committee after publicly resisting any attempt to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on Congress throughout 2021.
The panel currently has only two Republicans, both strong supporters of the investigation and staunch opponents of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, complicating such efforts by the GOP to delay or otherwise hinder the work of the investigation. the Commission.