The House committee investigating the Capitol riot has discussed the possibility of issuing a subpoena for Ivanka Trump, according to a new report from The Guardian. Besides her status as former President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka also served as a presidential adviser throughout her father’s time in office, and investigators have a broad array of questions for her, according to a recent letter from panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). These questions include whether Donald had been informed that having then-Vice President Mike Pence block Biden’s election victory was seemingly flat-out illegal when pushing for the move.
Guardian US: Jan. 6 committee is not confident that Ivanka Trump would appear on her own volition, the source said, and the discussion about a subpoena reflected how important they consider her testimony.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) February 17, 2022
As summarized by The Guardian, investigators are “considering issuing a subpoena to Ivanka Trump to force her cooperation with the inquiry into Donald Trump’s efforts to return himself to power on 6 January, according to a source familiar with the matter.” The panel already formally requested information from Ivanka, but she replied with a non-committal, dismissive statement that suggested she wasn’t inclined towards cooperation — which obviously wouldn’t be all that surprising. That statement noted that she hadn’t spoken at the outdoor rally in D.C. that immediately preceded the Capitol attack, but January 6 is not where the panel’s inquiry begins or ends. Committee members are also examining the circumstances that led up to and followed the attack, including Donald’s relentless efforts to stop Biden from taking his duly decided place as president.
New York AG @TishJames faces off this morning against Trump's lawyers on a motion to compel the Trump family, in the first hearing since the big Mazars news.
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— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) February 17, 2022
According to The Guardian, in reference to a potential subpoena for Ivanka, the “panel is not expected to take the crucial step for the time being, the source said.” Apparently, riot committee members “did not address a possible subpoena for Ivanka Trump at a closed-door meeting last Friday, and the panel wants to give her a reasonable window of opportunity to engage with the investigation before moving to force her cooperation,” according to a Thursday report from that publication.
Do not underestimate how much trouble Trump's business is in—or what he'll do to protect it
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 17, 2022
Alongside the other issues, committee members want to question Ivanka about what exactly was going on inside the White House as the Capitol violence unfolded. It’s already been reported that — among many other details — Trump was apparently watching television coverage of the riot as it moved forward (and basically reveling in it). Thompson also noted in that letter addressing Ivanka that “[testimony] obtained by the Committee indicates that members of the White House staff requested your assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill.” Trump eventually publicly commented on the matter… and told the rioters things like “you’re very special” and “we love you.” Trump’s apparent openness to allowing the violence to unfold could point to exactly how onboard that he may have been with it from the outset.
The National Archives tells Trump that, due to the clearance from the Biden admin, Trump White House documents will be delivered to the Jan. 6 Committee on March 3, barring a court order.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 17, 2022