Abcarian: Ivanka Trump wanted to be at the center of it all. And now, boo_freckle removal realself

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  • Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpBusinesswoman
  • Donald TrumpDonald Trump45th President of the United States
  • Eric TrumpEric TrumpAmerican businessman and philanthropist
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, center, arrives at an event with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Ivanka Trump at a White House event with President Trump and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in January 2020. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

The fate of the Capitol on the day of the insurrection, 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 became clear to those around him that there was only one person on Earth who could get him to call off the dogs: his elder daughter.

One can only wonder what might have happened if she hadn’t interceded.

After all, it took him several hours to ask the rioters to knock it off. And even then, he did not seem particularly upset about the bloodshed and violence. “Go home,” he told 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 in advance and what she saw, heard and did on that awful day. She is the first Trump family member to be asked.

In an eight-page letter crammed with juicy details about what the committee has learned so far, Thompson politely extended 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 need to hear from Ivanka; she was in the room where it happened.

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 everywhere, popping into view for photo ops with world leaders, ducking out of sight when the heat was on and ludicrously taking credit, by her father’s insane estimation, for creating 14 million jobs.

None of Trump's staff, apparently, had enough 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 asked Kellogg when he testified.


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