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Trump hits back at daughter’s story that she accepted election defeat

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump, long known for walking away or brushing off staffers who contradicted him while in the White House, uncovered a new target Friday: his eldest daughter.

The morning after the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol released the recorded video testimony of his daughter Ivanka Trump during his prime-time public hearing, Trump used his website to social media to part with what she had said and to say that she was “verified” during the last days of her administration.

In testimony, Ivanka Trump said she was swayed by a December 1, 2020 statement from then-Attorney General William Barr that there was no widespread fraud that altered the election outcome. She testified that she respected Barr and “accepted what he said”.

“Ivanka Trump was not involved in reviewing or considering the election results,” Trump wrote on his social media website, Truth Social, in one of eight posts he posted there. in response to the audience. “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!).”

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Ivanka Trump was a senior White House adviser and she continued to work in the administration until the end. Colleagues recall she was among those urging White House staffers on election night to “fight on” even as it became clear her father would most likely lose. Her husband, Jared Kushner, who was also a senior White House adviser, attended several post-election strategy meetings with a range of West Wing and political advisers, as well as lawyers like Rudy Giuliani.

Pushing back on his daughter’s comments was just one of the ways Donald Trump assaulted the hearing, the first in a series of sessions to be held by the House committee this month.

He denied responding with approval to the “Hang Mike Pence!” chants bellowed about the vice president by some of the rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, an account shared during the hearing by Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the panel.

“I NEVER said, or even thought to say, ‘Hang Mike Pence,'” Trump wrote on the social media site. “It’s either a story made up by someone looking to become a star, or FAKE NEWS!”

Cheney did not say he used those words, but she cited testimony that Trump responded to the chants by saying “maybe our supporters have the right idea” and that Pence “deserves it.”

In another post on the site, Trump described the committee as a “totally partisan POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” And in two other posts, he attacked Barr, calling him a “coward”, “weak and scared”, “stupid” and “afraid of being impeached”.

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