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Ivanka Trump spokesperson responds to Jan. 6 committee by distancing her from rally that day

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has asked Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump's daughter and one of his White House senior advisers, for her cooperation with its inquiry, Axios reports.

The request for information and an interview with the ex-first daughter arrives two weeks after the committee said they have "firsthand testimony" that Ivanka Trump asked her father "at least twice" to bring an end to the violence on Jan. 6, Axios notes.

"We write to request your voluntary cooperation with our investigation on a range of critical topics," committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in a Thursday letter. The panel would like to ask Ivanka about her father's "actions, or inaction, and his state of mind" on Jan. 6, when a violent, Trump-supporting mob stormed the Capitol while Congress moved to certify President Biden's victory in the 2020 election, writes CNBC.

In his letter, Thompson proposed a meeting with Ivanka on Feb. 3 or 4, per CNBC.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump responded to the panel's request shortly after it was made public: "As the committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the Jan. 6 rally. As she publicly stated that day at 3:15 p.m., 'any security or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.'"

In another blow to the former president, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Trump's request to block the probe from obtaining records from his time in the White House.