US Capitol panel seeks Ivanka interview

A US House of Representatives panel is seeking an interview with Ivanka Trump (left).
A US House of Representatives panel is seeking an interview with Ivanka Trump (left).

The US House of Representatives' panel investigating the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol says it is seeking an interview with former president Donald Trump's daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump.

In a letter to Trump, lawmakers said they were seeking her voluntary co-operation as part of their ongoing probe and would limit their questions to issues related to events surrounding that day, including activities leading up to or influencing it and her role in the White House at that time.

The panel noted that she "was present in the Oval Office" during key conversations leading up to January 6 and observed a telephone conversation between the president and vice president Mike Pence on the morning of January 6.

The former president has criticised the committee's probe as a partisan effort, and has sought to block other aides' testimony and White House documents from reaching the panel.

A lawyer for Ivanka Trump could not be immediately reached to comment on the committee's request.

US Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee and one of its two Republican members, said earlier this month that the panel has "firsthand testimony" that Ivanka Trump asked her father to intervene during the Capitol riots.

"We know his daughter -- we have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to 'please stop this violence,'" Cheney said in a January 2 interview with ABC News.

Australian Associated Press