Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald Trump and a senior adviser in his administration, told the Jan. 6 select committee that she “accepted” former Attorney General William Barr’s assessment that there was no evidence of sufficient fraud in the 2020 election that could have overturned the results.
In Thursday evening’s hearing, committee co-chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., played video of Barr testifying to the Jan. 6 committee, as well as public comments he made, in which he recounted telling Trump that his claims that fraud explained his loss to Joe Biden amounted to “bulls***.”
“I repeatedly told the president in no uncertain terms that I did not see evidence of fraud that would have affected the outcome of the election,” Barr said in one clip. “And, frankly, a year-and-a-half later, I have seen anything to change my mind on that.”
Cheney then pivoted to what Ivanka Trump told the committee.
“Many of President Trump’s White House staff also recognized that the evidence did not support the claims President Trump was making,” Cheney said. “This is the president’s daughter commenting on Bill Barr’s statement that the department found no fraud sufficient to overturn the election.”
Video was then played of a question put to Ivanka Trump by committee staff.
“How did that affect your perspective about the election, when Attorney General Barr made that statement?” the staff member asked.
“It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying,” Ivanka Trump answered.
On Wednesday, the New York Times published a story that detailed the effort made by Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, to “wash their hands” of the former president’s effort to try to overturn the 2020 election results.
Thursday’s video, however, was the first public airing of Ivanka Trump’s assessment of the election results and their legitimacy.
Cheney played another video clip of her questioning Kushner about threats by former White House counsel Patrick Cippollone to tender his resignation over Trump’s relentless campaign to block the certification of Biden’s victory.
“I know he and the team, he was always saying, ‘Oh, we’re going to resign. We’re not going to be here if this happens, if that happens,’” Kushner testified. “And so, I kind of just took it up to be whining, to be honest with you.”