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Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, said in an interview on Sunday that the former president ‘accused’ her daughter Ivanka of ‘perjury’ when he attacked her after her testimony at the January 6 television hearing. .
In a video clip of her testimony shown during last Thursday’s hearing by the House panel investigating the insurgency, Ivanka Trump said she accepted former Attorney General Bill Barr’s ruling that the presidential election was not rigged, as his father claimed.
“I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying,” she said.
Donald Trump fired back on social media saying his daughter was ‘screened’, didn’t know any of the details of the election and was ‘only trying to be respectful to Bill Bar and his job as Attorney General (he sucked! )”.
Mary Trump told MSNBC that she viewed the former president’s comment as “accusing” her daughter of “perjury.” She specifically referenced Trump saying her daughter “checked out.” But the former president also suggested Ivanka said what she did purely out of “respect for Barr,” indicating she didn’t necessarily believe him.
Otherwise, the behavior of father and daughter was “exactly what I expected of them both,” said Mary Trump.
“I think Ivanka walked a very fine line,” she explained. “She didn’t say anything necessarily inflammatory but, as we thought, she decided she had to side with what the facts support.”
As for Donald Trump, he “did not entirely throw her under the bus,” her niece said.
Mary Trump predicted that their future connection will depend on whether they can still benefit from each other.
Their relationship, “whether they seem close or not, is entirely transactional,” she explained. “Once one or both come to the conclusion that there is nothing for them, then they will move on.”
Trump, who is a psychologist, thinks his uncle “understands” that he lost the 2020 presidential election, but absolutely cannot be a “loser”.
He “can’t go,” she said. “Being a loser is simply unacceptable” for him.
“At this late date, one of the reasons people find the ‘big lie’ so compelling … is because Donald has come to believe it to a degree that makes the lie genuine,” Trump explained.
She said she was “not surprised at all” that her uncle backed the call to “hang” former Vice President Mike Pence, as the vice president of the House Jan. 6 committee, Liz Cheney (R-Wyo). .
Check out the full interview in the video clip above.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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