White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was begging Ivanka Trump to come down from her second-floor office to tell her father that he had to stop the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
According to the book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, it took several times for Ivanka to come downstairs lobbying her father before they could convince him to create a video asking his supporters to back off. In the new book Betrayal by Jonathan Karl, President Donald Trump had several versions of the speech. One of the speeches recorded didn't even ask for the insurrectionists to leave the Capitol.
"If this was deemed an acceptable message, what was in the messages that were rejected?" Karl pondered. "A White House aide who was there as the president taped it told me that in the earlier rejected versions, Trump neglected to call on his supporters to leave the Capitol. He complained about the election. He empathized with their anger, but he didn't call on them to go home."
He went on to describe White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who nearly resigned on the spot during the Jan. 6 attack. Instead, he stayed, fearful of what might happen with the soon-to-be ex-president like this.
Karl wrote that he too "tried in vain to get Trump to publicly condemn the riot, telling him that if he didn't, he risked being removed from office—either through impeachment or by a vote of his cabinet declaring him mentally unfit under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment."
Previously posted excerpts of Karl's book confirmed reports at the time saying that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who appears to be pondering a run for president, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were plotting their own enforcement of the Twenty-Fifth.