Ivanka Trump Told Filmmaker Her Dad Should 'Continue to Fight' After 2020 Election, Countering House Testimony
Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Ivanka Trump at an election night party
Despite testifying under oath that she "accepted" that her father, former President Donald Trump, had lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, Ivanka Trump told a documentary filmmaker one month after the election that her dad should "continue to fight until every legal remedy is exhausted."
Ivanka's comments can be seen in footage handed over to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack by British filmmaker Alex Holder, who confirmed this week that he had been subpoenaed by the panel.
The New York Times reports that the president's eldest daughter made the comments to Holder while he was gathering interviews for a documentary surrounding the final six weeks of Trump's reelection campaign.
"I think that, as the president has said, every single vote needs to be counted and needs to be heard, and he campaigned for the voiceless," Ivanka told Holder, according to the Times. "And I think a lot of Americans feel very, very disenfranchised right now, and really, question the sanctity of our elections, and that's not right, it's not acceptable."
In a statement posted to Twitter, Holder said he had "no agenda" in making his film — which he said is set to be released as part of a three-part series — and that he is cooperating with the committee.
My statement in response to being subpoenaed by Congress: pic.twitter.com/LOY53rEynI
— Alex Holder (@alexjholder) June 21, 2022
"As a British filmmaker, I had no agenda coming into this. We simply wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to hold onto power so desperately," Holder wrote. "We have dutifully handed over all the materials the Committee has asked for and we are fully cooperating."
Holder reportedly has some 11 hours of footage of interviews with members of the Trump family (including Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as Don Jr. and Eric Trump) taken between September 2020, prior to the election, and January 2021, when the administration left office. In his statement, Holder confirmed that his testimony will be taken Thursday.
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The comments Ivanka made to Holder are in stark contrast to those she made in testimony to the U.S. House committee investigating the riots of Jan. 6, 2021.
On day one of the public hearings, the committee aired footage of Ivanka's pre-recorded testimony, in which said that she "accepted" that the election results showed her father had lost to Joe Biden.
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The reason, she added, was that former Attorney General Bill Barr — who called Trump's claims that the election had been stolen "bulls—" in his own testimony — explained to her the results.
"It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said," Ivanka testified.
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The former president, meanwhile, has since disputed that his daughter was even familiar with election results, despite the fact that they are public.
"Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!)," Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, after the hearings aired.