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

It is notable that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner chose to willingly cooperate with the House committee examining the violent attempt to stop the certification of Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. This choice saved them from the possibility to be subpoenaed and forced to decide whether to testify under threat of contempt citation.

Although 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 to assist in the investigation. The second was Trump’s former 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 riots. He did, however, give testimony that a committee member called “really valuable.”
Others close to Trump, including former aide Steve Bannon, White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and former trade adviser Peter Navarro, have chosen to fight the committee’s effort to have them testify, with Trump himself going to court. courts in a failed attempt. to prevent the White House records from being turned over. 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 remanded to the Justice Department on criminal charges of contempt of Congress.
Ivanka testified Tuesday for two hours longer than her husband, and as someone who was in the Oval Office on Jan. 6, she could have offered concrete recollections of events. Committee members are particularly interested in any discussion of Donald Trump’s 2:28 p.m. tweet berating Vice President Mike Pence for not supporting the plan to block the certification of Biden’s election victory. They are also curious about her father’s planning and mood that day.

It’s hard to imagine anyone in the world being able to better assess Trump’s mood than his daughter. The Trumps long operated her business as a close family unit, which meant she worked directly with him. She seemed to enjoy unusual latitude when it came to establishing an independent identity.

While her adult siblings rarely appeared in the press as they focused intensely on the family empire in the real estate business, Ivanka built a self-titled fashion line that began with jewelry priced up to $25,000.
As the face of his company, he forged a refined and polished image compared to his father’s, and enjoyed access to certain high-society halls where he was shunned.

But it turned out that the high-priced jewelry business had been captured by brands like Cartier and Tiffany. Ivanka hit the mass market with affordable yet stylish clothing and shoes that were embraced by working women. She became a woman of the people, popular for her approachable elegance, achieved when she became a mother of three children and avoided the controversies of her father.

Early in her high-profile political life, she tried, as The New Yorker put it at the time, to “float…immaculate” during her father’s gruesome 2016 campaign. She emphasized that she was “a daughter, not a clone,” adding, “Of course, daughters often disagree with things their parents say.” Then, when the White House absorbed her attention, Ivanka’s brand was closed and her remaining products were sold at a discount.
Despite her efforts to stay somewhat apart from her father, he chose her, and not any of his adult children, for a high-level position in the White House. (As she told a reporter, he loved all of her children, but described her as “one and only” among them. He also reportedly called her “Baby.”)
Early on, he openly broke with his father at the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and at the controversial run of Roy Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct, for the US Senate representing Alabama. However, she gradually faded from public view to the point where, in 2019, a CNN headline asked, “What’s Ivanka Trump up to?”
What he is doing by cooperating with the January 6 committee is re-establishing himself as a figure independent of his father and willing to respond to a legitimate query. This may be due to a reported “breakup” with her father, which Washingtonian magazine attributes to the events of January 6. It may also be due to the knowledge, at the age of 40, that she must forge a life after Washington. She has so far been frustrated in at least one arena, high society, where she has struggled to be accepted.
How will the former president react to his choice to go his own way, even if it risks hurting him? Considering her respect for the power of image-making, and that she is the one he calls “baby”, he is likely to let her get away with it. And since she has always been her golden child, he even he might be happy for her if he helps her achieve her goal of rejoining the social elite.

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