Former US President Donald Trump has reacted angrily to his daughter Ivanka’s decision to distance herself from his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Donald Trump claims Ivanka’s testimony is irrelevant and “long since checked out” and had not been looking at election results.
Democrats claim Trump’s mob attack on Congress was the culmination of a months-long coup attempt.
The US House of Representatives select committee aired graphic footage and testimony from the 6 January 2021 raid on the Capitol in Washington DC on Thursday.
Twenty million people on television networks watched the prime-time hearing.
The broadcast included a clip of former US Attorney General Bill Barr testifying that he had repeatedly dismissed the outgoing president’s claims that widespread voter fraud caused him to lose the election.
Another segment was aired from Ivanka Trump’s April interview with the committee, in which she was asked about her reaction to Mr. Barr’s assessment.
“It changed my perspective,” Ms. Trump explained. “Because I respect Attorney General Barr, I accepted what he said.”
On Friday, Mr. Trump responded on his social media site, Truth Social, calling the investigation a “WITCH HUNT!”
“Ivanka Trump was not involved in reviewing or analyzing election results,” he added.
“She had long since checked out and, in my opinion, was only attempting to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).”
The president also called Barr a “coward” while maintaining that the election was “rigged.”
Ms. Trump worked as a presidential adviser in her father’s administration and accompanied him to a rally outside the White House just before the attack on the US Capitol.
Since the November 2020 election, a handful of voter fraud cases have been prosecuted, but no concrete evidence of such criminal activity on any scale that could have swayed President Joe Biden‘s victory has emerged.
Over the next two weeks, the House Select Committee will hold five more hearings.
The session on Monday will attempt to demonstrate that Mr. Trump and his inner circle knew he had lost the election but continued to spread claims of voter fraud anyway.
Over the course of a year, the panel conducted 1,000 interviews and gathered 140,000 documents.
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