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On Thursday, the House Select Committee investigating the deadly failed insurrection of January 6 sent a letter to former President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, asking her to voluntarily speak with the committee about his actions and dispositions that day.

More specifically, the Committee seeks Ms. Trump's answers about her father's conversations with then-Vice President Mike Pence, whom he was pressuring to throw out the electoral votes of swing states Trump lost, and about efforts from Trump officials urging her to sway her father to finally tell his extremist supporters to vacate the Capitol.

Ivanka Trump will almost certainly refuse to cooperate with the committee, as have various notable Trump associates whose testimony they've sought, but their letter to Ms. Trump isn't without its revelations.

It was reported late last year that far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity was texting the former President's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, as the riots unfolded, imploring him to intercede and convince Trump to stop the riots.

But newly-revealed texts in the letter reveal that Hannity also texted with Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, the day after the riots.

Hannity laid out a five stage proposal for Trump to finally relent in the smear campaign against the validity of the 2020 election—disinformation that incited the riots in the first place.

Hannity texted:

"1-No more stolen election talk
2-Yes, impeachment and 25 th amendment are real, and many people will quit..."

McEnany responded:

"Love that. Thank you. That is the playbook. I will help reinforce..."

The far-right host also urged McEnany not to let Trump around any more "crazy people," to which she agreed.

But McEnany herself eagerly amplified Trump's election lies from the White House podium and in her personal capacity.

At a news conference with RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel following Trump's election defeat, McEnany said:

“You don’t oppose an audit of the vote because you want an accurate count. … You take these positions because you are welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting.”

On the day after the riots—the same day she conversed with Hannity through texts—McEnany gave a two minute speech to the White House press pool condemning violence, but she took no questions.

The new round of texts led to backlash for both Hannity and McEnany.






Ivanka Trump is also facing the ire of the internet after the letter's publication.



The letter comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling allowing 700+ pages of Trump administration documents to be relayed from the National Archives to the Committee, despite Trump's efforts to block them.