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Ivanka Trump spends hours testifying before Jan. 6 committee

Former President Donald Trump's daughter, who served as senior White House adviser, met with the House committee for a scheduled meeting first reported by NBC News.
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WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior White House adviser of former President Donald Trump, spent roughly eight hours Tuesday testifying before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Trump did not meet in-person with the panel but instead testified remotely.

“She’s answering questions,” Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in response to a question from NBC News. “Not in broad, chatty terms, but she’s answering questions.”

NBC News was first to report on Trump's planned testimony, citing three sources familiar with the House investigation.

A representative for Ivanka Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump’s virtual appearance followed six hours of testimony last week from her husband and fellow former White House aide Jared Kushner. A source in the committee room for Kushner's virtual testimony described him as being cooperative and friendly, adding that Kushner did the talking, as opposed to having his lawyers speak for him. A representative for Kushner did not respond to a request for comment last week.

The Jan. 6 committee earlier this year asked Trump to testify "on a range of critical topics," including her reported comments after her father's phone call with then-Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of the Capitol attack.

Trump was head of the White House Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship and was in the West Wing on Jan. 6.

The committee indicated it had received testimony that members of the White House staff requested Ivanka Trump's assistance "on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill," according to a January letter the panel sent to her.

The House committee has interviewed more than 800 witnesses in the course of its investigation, including several Capitol attack criminal defendants who have spoken with the committee about the events of the day. The FBI has arrested more than 775 people in connection with the Jan. 6 attack.