(CNN) – A day after the House Jan. 6 committee revealed never-before-seen video of former President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, saying she accepted the attorney general’s statement. At the time Bill Barr claimed the Justice Department found no fraud sufficient to invalidate the election, the former president responds by saying she had “long since retired.”
“Ivanka Trump was not involved in reviewing or considering the election results. She had long since checked out and, in my opinion, was only trying to be respectful of Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!),” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.
As Trump seeks to downplay his daughter’s role in his administration at the time of the Jan. 6, 2021 riots, Ivanka Trump still accompanied her father to rally at the White House Ellipse that preceded the attack on the Capitol. American.
In the clip of her deposition that aired Thursday night, Ivanka Trump was asked about her reaction when Barr said there was no widespread voter fraud.
“It affected my perspective,” Ivanka Trump said. “I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying.”
On Friday, Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson dismissed Trump’s reaction to his daughter’s testimony, telling CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront,” “For him to somehow insinuate that his daughter was gone is dishonest on his part as a father Girls normally know what their fathers are doing, especially when there is a close relationship.
Ivanka Trump met virtually with the committee in April for nearly eight hours, and CNN previously reported that she corroborated critical testimony from other witnesses who said the then-president was reluctant to try to call the rioters despite being asked to do so.
“They kind of supported the fact that the president was told he had to do something to stop the January 6 insurrection. That he had to be public with it; he had to be direct,” Thompson said. , a Mississippi Democrat, to CNN about the committee’s talks with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“So in that regard … we were able to systematically, with our depositions and our interviews with other witnesses, we were able to fill in a lot of the gaps,” Thompson said.
The committee also pointed to Barr’s closed-door deposition in which he called Trump’s claims “bullshit.” Barr, who resigned in December 2020, said part of the reason he left the Trump administration was due to Trump’s false allegations of fraud (although he did not cite that reason publicly to the time).
“I made it clear that I disagreed with the idea of saying the election was stolen and publishing this stuff, which I told the president was bullshit” , Barr said in the video released by the committee on Thursday.
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