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Opinion: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner go their own way on January 6

Of note, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner chose to voluntarily cooperate with the House committee reviewing the violent attempt to stop certification of Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. saved them from the prospect of being subpoenaed and forced to decide to testify or face being cited for contempt.

While nothing has been revealed about Ivanka’s testimony, the mere fact that she appeared before the committee marks her as perhaps the most important of the former president’s three highest-level allies in helping to the investigation. The second was former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who briefly cooperated and then quit. And the third was Kushner, who also worked at the White House but was not in Washington on the day of the riot. He did, however, give testimony that one committee member called “really valuable.”
Others close to Trump, including former adviser Steve Bannon, White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and former trade adviser Peter Navarro, chose to fight the committee’s efforts to get them to testify, and Trump himself went to court in an unsuccessful bid. to prevent disclosure of White House records. Bannon is expected to stand trial in July for defying the committee’s subpoena. And the House voted Wednesday to recommend that Scavino and Navarro be referred to the Justice Department for criminal contempt of Congress.
Ivanka testified Tuesday for two hours longer than her husband, and as someone who was in the Oval Office on January 6, she could have offered specific recollections of the events. Committee members are particularly interested in any discussion of Donald Trump’s 2:28 p.m. tweet blasting Vice President Mike Pence for not supporting the plan to block certification of Biden’s election victory. They are also curious about her father’s schedule and state of mind that day.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the world can gauge Trump’s state of mind better than his daughter. The Trumps have long operated their business as a close family unit, which meant she worked directly with him. She seemed to enjoy unusual leeway when it came to establishing an independent identity.

While her adult siblings rarely appeared in the press as they focused intently on the family empire in the tough real estate business, Ivanka built an eponymous fashion line beginning with jewelry priced as high as 25,000 $.
As the face of his business, she carved out a refined and polished image for herself compared to her father’s, and she gained access to certain high-society quarters where he was shunned.

But it turned out that the high-priced jewelry sector had been captured by brands like Cartier and Tiffany. Ivanka launched into the mass market with affordable yet chic footwear and clothing that was embraced by working women. She became a woman of the people, popular for her approachable elegance, accomplished by becoming a mother of three children and avoiding her father’s controversies.

Early in her high-profile political life, she tried, as the New Yorker put it at the time, to “float…unblemished” during her father’s abysmal campaign in 2016. She stressed that she was “a daughter, not a clone,” adding, “Of course, daughters often don’t agree with what their dads say.” Then, as the White House absorbed her attention, Ivanka’s brand was shut down and her remaining merchandise sold at a discount.
Despite his best efforts to keep himself slightly aloof from his father, he chose her, and not any of his adult sons, for a high-level position in the White House. (As he told a reporter, he loved all of his children but described her as “unique” among them. He also reportedly called her “Baby.”)
At first, she openly broke with her father during the murderous white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and during the controversial candidacy of Roy Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct, for the United States Senate representing the United States. Alabama. However, she gradually slipped away from public view to the point where, in 2019, a CNN headline asked, “What is Ivanka Trump doing?”
What she does by cooperating with the January 6 committee is re-establish herself as a figure independent of her father and ready to respond to a legitimate investigation. This may be due to a reported “break” with her father, which Washingtonian magazine attributes to the events of January 6. It may also be motivated by knowing, at the age of 40, that she must shape a life after Washington. So far she has been frustrated in at least one area, high society, where she has struggled to be accepted.
How will the former president react to her choice to follow her own path, even if it risks hurting him? Given his respect for the power of image making and the fact that she’s the one he calls “Baby”, he’ll probably let her off the hook. And since she’s always been his darling child, he might even be happy for her if it helps him achieve his goal of joining the social elite.

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