Ivanka Trump wanted her father to continue fighting the 2020 election outcome well into December, new documentary footage shows, and contradicts her statement at recent Jan. 6 hearings that she was quick to accept Donald Trump’s election defeat.
The former president’s daughter wanted Mr Trump to “continue fighting until all legal remedies are exhausted,” she told a film crew in mid-December as part of a yet-to-be-released documentary.
“As the President has said, every single voice needs to be counted and heard, and he has stood up for the voiceless,” Ms Trump said in an interview for the upcoming series Unprecedented, according to footage from CNN.
“I think a lot of Americans are feeling very, very disenfranchised right now and really questioning the sanctity of our elections, and that’s not right, it’s not acceptable,” she added, according to unseen excerpts of the reported interview The New York Times.
This support for the former president’s election challenge contradicts Ms. Trump’s testimony in Congress earlier this month that she endorsed the finding by the Trump administration’s Attorney General Bill Barr that no significant voter fraud took place and that Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate.
“It has affected my perspective,” Ms. Trump told the Jan. 6 select committee in her recorded testimony. “I respected Attorney General Barr and accepted what he said.”
The Independent has reached out to Ms Trump for comment.
According to further reports from CNN, citing an anonymous source close to the Trumps, the president’s daughter didn’t really believe in Donald Trump’s electoral challenges, but still wanted to publicly support him.
“She didn’t really believe what she said,” said CNN reporter Pamela Brown. “She didn’t want to contradict her father. So she said what she said.”
According to the source, the Trumps agreed to star in the documentary because they thought it would be a “puff-puff-puff” play.
The interview is part of a tranche of footage by filmmaker Alex Holder that was released to the Congressional committee investigating the January 6 events.
Mr Holder interviewed Donald, Ivanka and Eric Trump, as well as Jared Kusher and Vice President Mike Pence in the days leading up to the end of the 2020 election, according to talks to be released in an upcoming series on streamer Discovery+ this summer.
During this month’s Jan. 6 hearings, Ivanka Trump distanced himself from Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
She told the committee how her father himself slammed Mike Pence in a “heated” phone call on Jan. 6.
Julie Radford, a former chief of staff to Ms Trump, said she told her that “her father just had a disturbing conversation with the vice president.”
Ms Radford said Ms Trump said her father called Mr Pence “the P-word”.
For his part, Mr Trump has dismissed his daughter’s testimony about the feverish post-election season.
“Ivanka Trump was not involved in viewing or investigating election results. She was already checked out and I think she was just trying to be respectful of Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!),” the former president wrote on his social network Truth Social on Friday.
Earlier this year, an eyewitness testified before the January 6 Committee that Ms. Trump twice urged her father to “stop the violence” himself on January 6.