For all of the fealty that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has exhibited to former president Donald Trump, no amount of palling around on the golf course will be able to overcome his implication of Trump’s daughter Ivanka in the investigation into the January 6th insurrection being conducted by the House Select Committee.
After the committee revealed some of the text messages that it obtained from Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senator Graham revealed in a CNN interview that he was not among the members of Congress sending panicked messages to Meadows urging him to tell the former president to send a message to his rioting MAGA followers to stand down.
Instead, Graham told CNN’s Manu Raju that he contacted Ivanka Trump to convince her to speak to her dad to “tell his people to leave” as the mob of violent right-wing extremists attacked the Capitol Police defending Congress while destroying property and smearing feces on the walls.
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
The Washington Post added further details to the story, quoting Graham as telling Ivanka:
“You need to get these people out of here. This thing is going south. This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down.”
The Post has previously reported that on January 6th Ivanka shuttled between her West Wing office and the presidential dining room where her father was gleefully watching news coverage of the insurrection on his behalf.
After Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter — one of the last he sent before he was permanently banned from the social media platform — asking the rioters to “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”, Ivanka reportedly attempted to convince him to issue a message using more forceful language.
Meadows had to inform her that her efforts had not produced the desired effect.
“I need you to come back down here,” the then-Chief of Staff told her. “We’ve got to get this under control.”
That was when Ivanka sent out a tweet saying:
“American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” she posted at 3:15 p.m. on January 6th. “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”
It was a tweet that she quickly deleted after she faced a torrent of criticism for referring to the violent rioters as “Patriots.”
Graham’s revelation of his message to Ivanka Trump has led to fervent calls for the House Select Committee to subpoena the senior White House advisor’s text messages to find out what other information that they might uncover.
Rick Wilson, one of the founders of the leading anti-Trump Republican group The Lincoln Project, was among those calling for a look at the messages sent and received by both Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner on that fateful day.
I want to see what Jared and Ivanka were texting to Meadows.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 14, 2021
As the House Select Committee discovers the behind-the-scenes communications among the Trump administration staff and Republican members of Congress, the trail of evidence is creeping ever closer to Donald Trump and his family.
The big question remains if and when the committee will finally subpoena Trump and his family to testify under oath about their actions — and perhaps more importantly, their inactions— on that violent January day.
Original reporting by Travis Gettys at RawStory.
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