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Ivanka Trump wanted to be at the center of it all. And now, boo-hoo, she is

Ivanka Trump at a White House occasion with President Trump and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in January 2020. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

The destiny of the Capitol on the day of the riot, some White House insiders believed, rested on the slender shoulders of Ivanka Trump.

As President Trump watched the mayhem unfold on Jan. 6, 2021, unwilling to intervene, it turned clear to these round him that there was just one particular person on Earth who may get him to name off the canine: his elder daughter.

One can solely marvel what may need occurred if she hadn’t interceded.

After all, it took him several hours to ask the rioters to knock it off. And even then, he didn’t appear significantly upset about the bloodshed and violence. “Go home,” he advised them in a recorded video. “We love you, you’re very special.”

On Thursday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the bipartisan House committee investigating Jan. 6, invited Ivanka to testify about what she knew prematurely and what she noticed, heard and did on that terrible day. She is the first Trump member of the family to be requested.

In an eight-page letter filled with juicy particulars about what the committee has realized to this point, Thompson politely prolonged the invitation.

“We respect your privacy,” he wrote, “and our questions will be limited to issues related to January 6th, the activities that contributed to or influenced events … and your role in the White House during that period.”

Of course they want to hear from Ivanka; she was in the room the place it occurred.

As advisor to the president and head of the White House Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Ivanka was the Zelig of the Trump administration. She was in every single place, popping into view for photograph ops with world leaders, ducking out of sight when the warmth was on and ludicrously taking credit score, by her father’s insane estimation, for creating 14 million jobs.

None of Trump’s workers, apparently, had sufficient juice to get him to act on Jan. 6: “He didn’t say yes to [Chief of Staff] Mark Meadows or [spokeswoman] Kayleigh McEnany or [presidential advisor] Keith Kellogg, but he might say yes to his daughter?” a committee member requested Kellogg when he testified.

“Exactly right,” replied Kellogg, who was additionally the vp’s nationwide safety advisor.

Ivanka was proper there when Trump put the screws on Pence to get him to toss out, or at least delay counting, the electoral votes of some states that Biden gained.

So far, Ivanka, who has lain low after her twice-impeached father left workplace, has not publicly responded to the committee’s invitation. I suppose that’s comprehensible. She had her palms full final week.

On Tuesday, two days earlier than Thompson’s invitation landed, New York Atty. Gen. Letitia James, who has been investigating the Trump Organization’s alleged monetary chicanery, filed a detailed legal memo in state court, explaining why Ivanka, her brother Donald Trump Jr. and her father can’t refuse to reply to her subpoenas requiring them to testify about the household enterprise.

They have preposterously claimed that her lawfully issued subpoenas, served Dec. 1, represent an “unprecedented and unconstitutional maneuver.”

But, as James wrote in the filing, subpoenas to prime and former firm officers are “routine in complex financial investigations and are amply warranted here.”

Eric Trump, famous James, has already testified, and invoked his fifth Amendment privilege a number of instances not to incriminate himself. (What was it that Donald Trump as soon as mentioned about taking the fifth? Oh, sure: “The mob takes the 5th. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the 5th Amendment?”)

It is not but clear what is at stake in the New York investigation, however reams upon reams of paperwork procured by investigators present a household that seems to have wildly inflated the worth of property when it was handy.

James has not but determined whether or not she will take “civil remedial action” towards the Trumps, however her workplace, she wrote in the court docket paperwork, “has developed significant … evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions.”

Why ought to Ivanka be nervous?

Because, as James notes in a second memo, additionally filed Tuesday, she was the Trump agency’s government vp for growth and acquisition via at least 2016, and till January 2017 was “a primary contact” for the firm’s largest lender, Deutsche Bank. She has skated on thin legal ice before; in 2012, Ivanka and her older brother, Don Jr., narrowly averted being charged with felony fraud after they misled potential rental consumers about how properly models had been promoting in a venture referred to as Trump SoHo. Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. overruled his personal prosecutors when he determined not to prosecute.

I admit, my eyes did go somewhat crossed as I learn via the 115-page memo, which confirmed wild and unbelievable fluctuations in the worth of varied property in the monetary statements the Trump Organization ready for its lenders.

One instance out of dozens: The Trumps claimed a price of $161 million for property in Westchester County that had been appraised at between $29 million and $50 million. Apparently, they primarily based the inflated worth on un-permitted, unbuilt development that had been, as they put it, “put on hold.”

It’s been comforting to watch the air of invincibility round the Trumps crumble.

In the similar week that Ivanka was in the highlight for varied alleged Trump household misdeeds, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to keep an order forcing the National Archives to flip over Trump White House paperwork to the House Jan. 6 committee.

And in one other blow, the district lawyer of Fulton County, Ga., asked that a special grand jury look into Trump’s efforts to wheedle Georgia’s secretary of state into falsely claiming Trump had gained the state in 2020.

Will the Trumps lastly face the penalties of their dangerous habits?

Fingers crossed.


This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.



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