Mary Trump claims Ivanka has 'damning information' about Capitol attack
According to Mary Trump, former president Donald Trump was protecting Ivanka from the January 6 committee probe 'to protect himself'
Mary Trump, author and the niece of former President Donald Trump, stated her uncle would "stop protecting" his daughter Ivanka if he believed it was in his best interests. Mary Trump told MSNBC that she didn't think Donald Trump would take any responsibility to defend his children. Mary Trump said, "Donald isn't playing the card that she's his child to protect her. He's doing that to protect himself because he knows she may indeed have potentially damning information.” She went on to say that she believes her cousin Ivanka is making a calculation about what would help her in the long run at this point.
She remarked, "(Ivanka) knows she has to come down on the right side of things. Or, she'll continue to stay her father's ally and have to see how that plays out. She's in a very bad situation because she must understand that if Donald feels it's necessary, he will stop protecting her. Donald will throw anybody under the bus if he believes it's in his best interest to do so. If he believes it'll help play out the clock, if he believes that it will help him avoid accountability, that's all he cares about.”
According to Mary Trump, Ivanka Trump has information on the Capitol riot incident that the American people "deserve," and she should comply with the January 6 panel voluntarily. "She worked for the American people, not for her father," Mary Trump said, "this is an adult human being. She's 40 years old. She has children of her own. So the whole 'she should be protected because she's his child' is absurd on its face. She owes the committee truthfulness about what happened that day."
Earlier, Ivanka was requested to voluntarily help with the House Select Committee's probe into the Capitol riot. The committee's head, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said in a letter that Ivanka Trump had direct contact with her father during the incident. Following the revelation of the letter, Trump slammed the January 6 committee, accusing them of "vicious" harassment of his children.
During a January 22 interview on MSNBC, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen stated there was no way Trump would try to shield his adult children from the Trump corporation or the January 6 incident at his own expense. "Donald cares only about Donald," Cohen claimed, "more than he would care about his children." Cohen did say, however, that Trump once told him that if one of the Trump children had to go to prison, it should be Donald Trump Jr., not Ivanka, because Trump Jr. "would be able to handle it."