washington — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald Trump and one of his top White House advisers, appears before the House Inquiry Committee on Tuesdaytwo sources familiar with the matter told CBS News.
Her appearance comes less than a week after her husband Jared Kushnerbefore the committee for several hours. One of the committee’s Democrats, Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, described his testimony as “really valuable” in helping to verify and substantiate the events being investigated.
The committee wrote to Ivanka Trump firsther appearance in January and has been negotiating her appearance ever since. In that request, committee chair Bennie Thompson of Mississippi indicated that the committee would like to interview Ivanka Trump about a phone conversation her father had with Vice President Mike Pence that morning while she was in the Oval Office.
In his letter, Thompson wrote that Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, was also present at the call and told the committee he reminded the former president to encourage Pence to turn down state electoral votes during the joint session of Congress or to postpone the count of votes.
According to Thompson’s letter, Kellogg testified that at the end of the call, Ivanka Trump reached out to him and said, “Mike Pence is a good man.”
In his letter, Thompson also said the panel received testimony that White House staffers had repeatedly asked Ivanka Trump for help “to step in to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence” in the Capitol.
In its inquiry earlier this year, the committee said it was particularly interested in that question: “Why didn’t the White House staff just ask the President to go to the briefing room and appear on live television to ask the crowd to The committee also told the president’s daughter that it was seeking her interview because she could speak on January 6 about her father’s “mental state.”
Thompson told reporters late Tuesday afternoon that, to his knowledge, Ivanka Trump had not attempted to invoke privilege and he stressed that she came voluntarily.
Thompson told CBS News Monday night that the committee is not currently seeking testimony from the former vice president.
“The committee makes no effort to get him to come in,” he said. “We know that people broke in here who wanted to hang him. We know his security detail had to protect him at an undisclosed location in the Capitol. So there’s a lot of things that we know about that day. We know the people who tried to make him change his mind because of the count and all that. So what do we need?”
Ivanka Trump’s appearance comes as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a resolution to arrest former Trump advisers Dan Scavino and Peter Navarrofor resisting subpoenas to appear before the committee.
Scott MacFarlane contributed to this report.