According to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., that the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 rally when rioters looted and ransacked the United States Capitol, there is testimony that then-President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump asked him to intervene multiple times.
“The committee has first-hand 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.
We know, as you know well, that the briefing room at the White House is just a mere few steps from the Oval Office,” Cheney, the vice chair of the committee, said.
“We know, as he was sitting there in the dining room next to the Oval Office, members of his staff were pleading with him to go on television, to tell people to stop. We know Leader McCarthy was pleading with him to do that,” she said further, in reference to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Trump repeated false claims about the election he lost while encouraging rioters, in a one-minute video released on social media hours after the attack began, to “go home in peace.”
“Go home. We love you. You’re very special,” Trump stated.
He tweeted later, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”
Twitter took action immediately and banned Trump after the riot, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the Jan. 6 riot was, “in part, an intelligence failure that is the failure to see all the evidence that was out there to be seen of the propensity for violence that day.”