Donald Trump with his three eldest children at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City on January 11, 2017.
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- Donald Trump said it’s “unfair” for his kids to be investigated over January 6 and his company.
- His niece, Mary Trump, said he was being hypocritical, citing his attacks on Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
- “His double standard is grotesque,” she said, adding that Hunter never worked for the government.
Mary Trump, former President Donald Trump’s niece, said it was “enormous hypocrisy” for her uncle to blast the January 6 committee and the New York attorney general for targeting his kids.
The House select committee has asked Ivanka Trump to testify as part of their investigation into the Capitol riot. The New York attorney general, who is investigating the Trump Organization’s financial dealings, has issued subpoenas to Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.
Eric Trump was also previously subpoenaed as part of the probe.
Donald Trump told The Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that it was “very unfair” for his children to be included in the investigations.
“It’s a disgrace what’s going on. They’re using these things to try and get people’s minds off how incompetently our country is being run. And they don’t care. They’ll go after children,” Trump said.
Trump’s eldest children have long been closely intertwined with his political and business dealings. Ivanka Trump served as a senior adviser to her father during his presidency. Both Donald Jr. and Eric serve as executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, the firm at the center of the attorney general’s investigation.
Mary Trump, a vocal critic of her uncle, was asked about his comments during an interview with MSNBC on Sunday.
“I want to start by pointing out the enormous hypocrisy of this man, who went after and continues to go after Hunter Biden, who last I checked never worked for the federal government, so his double standard is grotesque on its face,” Mary Trump said.
She added that despite Trump’s defense of his children, she believes he “will throw anybody under the bus if he believes it’s in his best interest to do so.”
Trump has repeatedly gone after President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings. Trump’s first impeachment was sparked by a phone call in which he pressed the Ukraine president to investigate Biden and his son over claims of corruption.
In a presidential debate in September 2020, Trump pressed Biden repeatedly on claims involving Hunter, resulting in chaotic discourse as Biden repeatedly denied the allegations and moderator Chris Wallace tried to stop Trump from talking over him.
Trump and his allies also promoted theories about Hunter based on a laptop that contained lurid details and explicit images of his private life.
Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and elsewhere have stirred up controversy and ethics concerns, but he has not been formally accused of wrongdoing. Despite being urged to investigate by Trump, Ukrainian officials said they found no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden.