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‘She had long since checked out’: Trump rebukes Ivanka over Jan 6 evidence

Donald Trump has rebuked his daughter and former White House aide Ivanka after she rejected the former president’s claim of fraud at the 2020 US election.

Mr Trump said his daughter was not involved in looking at election results and “had long since checked out”.

The comments were made in the aftermath of a hearing examining the insurrection at the Capitol Hill on 6 January 2021.

The House panel investigating the attack showed video testimony from former US Attorney General Bill Barr, who called the election fraud claims “bulls**t” and said he had found no evidence to support such claim.

His argument appeared to have convinced Mr Trump’s daughter.

“I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying,” Ivanka Trump said in her videotaped statement.

Mr Trump, in a statement on social media, appeared dismissive of his daughter’s evidence.

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“Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, election results,” he wrote on Truth Social, the platform he helped found after he was banned from Twitter.

“She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).”

An image of Ivanka Trump is seen on a screen as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2022. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS
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An image of Ivanka Trump is seen on a screen during the hearing

Mr Trump also had disparaging comments for Mr Barr, calling him a “weak and frightened Attorney General who was always being ‘played’ and threatened by the Democrats and was scared stiff of being impeached”.

Mr Trump went on to say: “How do you not get impeached? Do nothing, or say nothing, especially about the obviously RIGGED & STOLEN Election or, to put it another way, THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!”

There has been no evidence to support Mr Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election that was won by Joe Biden had been marred by fraud or other irregularities.

The claim was rejected by various courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.

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The panel has for months investigated the insurrection last year, when Mr Trump’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill as the victory of Mr Biden was being certified.

On the first of six days of public hearings before a House of Representatives select committee on Thursday, it said Mr Trump had led a “sprawling, multi-step conspiracy aimed at overturning the presidential election” and that the insurrection was a culmination of that “attempted coup.”

The panel showed a never-seen-before 12-minute graphic video of the insurrection.

The hearing witnessed public statements from other key Trump administration figures, including Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence and his chief of staff, and General Mark Milley.

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