- The committee on Jan. 6 released a transcript of Ivanka Trump’s interview.`
- The transcript revealed that Senator Susan Collins called Ivanka Trump during the Capitol riot.
- Collins wanted Trump to get his father to make a statement and told the rioters to go home.
Amid the chaos on January 6, 2021, Senator Susan Collins of Maine called Ivanka Trump and urged her to tell her father, then-President Donald Trump, to take more aggressive action to stop the riot.
The testimony is part of a trove of transcripts released Friday by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
During Ivanka Trump’s questioning, where she spoke about how she participated in helping her father condemn the violence at the Capitol, it was revealed that Collins had called Trump at 3:29 p.m. local time on January 6, moments after her father had been released. a tweet asking “everyone at the US Capitol to remain peaceful.”
After being asked if she remembers the phone call, Trump responds saying she does.
“It was a short conversation,” Ivanka Trump said, according to the transcript. “I remember her saying that the president needed to get involved in stopping what was happening, generally speaking, which echoed the view of many, that we should all be doing everything we can.”
Ivanka continued: “I told her that the president had just issued a second tweet, I think I told her. I know I sent it to her — or I think I sent it to her. So it was a card conversation, but I understood why she called me, and I agreed with her sentiment.”
The call was 18 seconds long, according to phone records cited by the committee on Jan. 6, but after the call, Collins texted Ivanka Trump: “The president needs to send out a very strong tweet telling people to go home and stop the violence now.”
The call from Collins is one of the few calls Ivanka Trump received during the riot. Ivanka Trump also confirmed that Senator Lindsey Graham called her from the Capitol building as the events unfolded. Trump said she did not take the call, instead passing the phone to White House senior adviser Eric Herschmann.
Trump’s testimony also includes dozens of instances where she said she cannot remember details of what happened on January 6. For example, she did not recall tweets her father sent out condemning Vice President Mike Pence’s participation in certifying the election.
However, Ivanka Trump recalled a phone call between Pence and her father in the Oval Office on the morning of Jan. 6, which she described as “heated.”
The Jan. 6 committee previously took aim at Ivanka Trump’s testimony in the summary of its report, released Monday, writing that she was not “entirely candid or forthcoming” when she spoke to them.
Ivanka Trump also spoke about her feelings when the riot happened on television, saying it was the “context” she needed to understand that “something happened that, you know, shouldn’t happen.”
On Thursday, January 6, the committee released its final report. which included details of how much Donald Trump raised in donations before the riot, troubled texts between intelligence agents and a voicemail from attorney Rudy Giuliani.
The report also described Ivanka Trump pleading with her father to stop the violence, noting that she appeared “visibly upset” after her father refused to listen to her.