Cheney cites testimony that Ivanka asked Trump to ‘please stop this violence’ on Jan. 6
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that the House committee investigating Jan. 6 has received testimony that former President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump repeatedly asked her father to intervene to stop the attack on the Capitol.
“We know his daughter — we have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence,'” Cheney said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The committee has firsthand testimony now that he was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office watching the attack on television as the assault on the Capitol occurred,” Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president last year, also told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“We know, as you know well, that the briefing room at the White House is just a mere few steps from the Oval Office. The president could have at any moment walked those very few steps into the briefing room, gone on live television and told his supporters who were assaulting the Capitol to stop,” she added.
Some of Ivanka Trump’s efforts to urge her father to intervene in the Jan. 6 violence were previously reported in “Peril,” by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which said she spoke to her father three times, telling him, “Let this thing go,” according to CNN.
Trump announced last month that he would hold a news conference from Mar-a-Lago on the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, at the same time that Democrats will host a prayer service marking the occasion.
In his announcement of the event, the former president claimed “the insurrection took place on November 3rd” with the “completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th.”
In her interview on ABC Sunday, Cheney also accused Trump of being “at war with the rule of law.”
“I think that that we’re in a situation where people have got to understand the danger of President Trump and the danger that he posed on that day,” she said.
“This is a man who has demonstrated that he is at war with the rule of law,” she added. “He’s demonstrated that he’s willing to blow through every guardrail of democracy, and he can never be anywhere near the Oval Office again.”
A recent poll from The Washington Post and the University of Maryland showed a notable partisan divide over Trump’s responsibility for the events of Jan. 6. Among Democrats, 92 percent said Trump held a “great deal” or a “good amount” of blame for the attack, compared to 27 percent of Republicans.
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