Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has implicated Ivanka Trump in the inquiry, and now calls are being made to view her text messages from that day.
According to The Independent, the senator told CNN’s Manu Raju that he asked former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, who was then a senior White House adviser, to deliver a message to her father as his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was about to certify Joe Biden’s election win.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said he didn’t text with Meadows on Jan. 6 —- but told me he spoke with Ivanka Trump to deliver a message to her dad. He said he wanted then-President Trump to “tell his people to leave.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 14, 2021
“Sen. Lindsey Graham said he didn’t text with [Mark] Meadows on Jan. 6,” Raju tweeted, “but told me he spoke with Ivanka Trump to deliver a message to her dad. He said he wanted then-President Trump to ‘tell his people to leave.’”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read a text from Donald Trump Jr. to Meadows, then the White House chief of staff, pleading with him to convince his father to call the mob off, but it’s unclear what actions — if any — his sister took after Graham apparently implored her to intervene.
“You need to get these people out of here,” Graham told her. “This thing is going south. This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”
Ivanka Trump reportedly moved between her West Wing office, where she watched TV images of the disturbance, and the president’s dining room, where her father was watching news coverage and tweeted a message of support for law officers, according to the newspaper.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” Trump tweeted at 2:38 p.m. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Ivanka Trump is said to have tried to persuade him to use more harsh rhetoric in order to calm his followers, and she felt she had succeeded at one point, but Meadows later called to say that wasn’t the case.
I want to see what Jared and Ivanka were texting to Meadows.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 14, 2021
“I need you to come back down here,” Meadows told her. “We’ve got to get this under control.”
Ivanka Trump retweeted another of her father’s tweets, which advisers allegedly didn’t think was adequate under the circumstances, but she swiftly erased it after being chastised for calling the rioters patriots.
“American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” Ivanka Trump tweeted at 3:15 p.m. “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”
Trump tweeted again, writing: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
Even still, his inner circle didn’t think it was enough. “American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” Trump tweeted at 3.15 p.m., retweeting Trump’s post. The violence must be put to an end right away. Please maintain your composure.”
She promptly took it down after being chastised for referring to the rioters as “patriots.”
Other Twitter users are curious as to what Ivanka Trump and her husband, then-White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, were saying to Meadows during the riot.
“I want to see what Jared and Ivanka were texting to Meadows,” tweeted Rick Wilson, the co-founder of the Lincoln Project.
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