Donald Trump refuted his own daughter’s evidence against him during the first Jan. 6 hearing on Friday, saying Ivanka had “checked” on election issues.
The former president also angered his former Attorney General Bill Barr for turning against him during the investigation into the Capitol uprising.
A congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021 attack aired taped testimony in which Ivanka said she did not believe her father’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him.
In a post on the social media platform Truth Social on Friday, Trump tried to downplay her daughter’s involvement, despite her being one of his most trusted allies during his four years in the White House.
“Ivanka Trump was not involved in viewing or studying the election results. She had long since checked herself out and was, in my opinion, just trying to be respectful of Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he was worthless!). said Trump.
On Thursday night, the House panel played parts of their interview with Mr. Barr, who said Mr Trump’s false claims of fraud were “bulls***” and that he did not “want to be a part of it.”
“I’ve had three conversations with the president that I can remember,” Barr told the committee. “One was on November 23, one was on December 1 and one on December 14, and I’ve been through a kind of give and take of those discussions and in that context I made it clear that I didn’t agree with the idea of saying that the election was stolen and putting out stuff like this, which I told the president was bullshit,” he added during the pre-recorded interview shared with the public for the first time Thursday night.
“And I didn’t want to be a part of it and that’s one of the reasons I decided to leave when I did. I noted, I think it was December 1, you know, he can’t live in a world where the incumbent government stays in power based on its vision, not backed up by specific evidence of election fraud, he added.
Mr Trump attacked Mr Barr on Truth Social.
“Bill Barr was a weak and scared attorney general who was always ‘played’ and threatened by the Democrats and terrified of being impeached,” Trump wrote.
“How do you not get dropped off? Do nothing, or say nothing, especially about the obviously rigged and stolen elections or, to put it another way, the crime of the century! The Democrats slammed Barr, he was stupid, said ridiculously that there was no problem with the election, and they left him alone. It worked for him, but not for our country!” Mr Trump added.
Mr. Trump wrote in a second post about Mr. Barr that he was “a coward who would not even let his U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, where voter fraud was rife, think about looking at it … I believe that because of their passivity, others became also told!”
“The so-called ‘Rush on the Capitol’ was not caused by me, but by a rigged and stolen election!” Mr Trump claimed.
“I NEVER said, or even thought of saying, ‘Hang Mike Pence’. This is either a made-up story of someone wanting to be a star, or FAKE NEWS!” Mr Trump wrote regarding evidence that he responded positively to his supporters’ chants to hang the vice president for refusing to help undo the election.
“A lot of people talked to me about the election results, both pro and con, but I never wavered a bit – follow the facts and the evidence. The 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen… And now look at our country – not pretty !!!” Mr Trump posted to Truth Social reiterating his false claims about voter fraud.
Trump critics took to Twitter to respond to Trump’s testimony.
“IVANKA TRUMP SINKS DADDY says she accepted Barr’s assessment that the fraud claim was nonsense. Goodness,” broadcaster Keith Olbermann wrote.
“If anything gets into the GOP’s disinformation bubble, I think it’s statements from Ivanka, Pence and Bill Barr,” tweeted attorney Teri Kanefield. “I mean, they’re not exactly radical Democrats or even ‘never Trump Republicans.’”
Journalist David Corn tweeted that Ms. Trump was “essentially calling her father a liar or a deceptive con man. Maybe both”.
“Ivanka’s Trump – Bill Barr testified – told the truth – no election interference – said she believed Barr – pushed Dad under the bus,” added actor John Cusack.