US Capitol officer’s partner tells Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ‘You could have avoided the bloodshed’

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Sandra Garza

Drew Angerer/Getty Sandra Garza

The partner of Brian Sicknick – the United States Capitol police officer who died after suffering two strokes as a result of the January 6 riots in Washington, DC – says that Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner“could have done something” to prevent the violence that day.

Sicknick’s longtime partner Sandra Garza made the remarks in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapperfollowing the testimonies of Ivanka and Kushner made public in the opening hearing by the United States House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riots.

According to Garza, those close to the president donald trump could have done more to prevent the riots from taking place.

“There were so many people who could have stepped in and said, ‘You know what? I will go to the media. I’ll go see the press. I’m going to shout from the rooftops and try to stop this,” she told Tapper.

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“Ivanka, in particular,” could have done something, Garza said. “I mean, families were decimated because of what happened on the 6th. People died because of what happened on the 6th.”

Garza’s remarks came days after the committee released pre-recorded testimony from Ivanka and Kushner.

Ivanka Trump and Jared

Ivanka Trump and Jared

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Ivanka Trump (left), Jared Kushner

In her testimony, Ivanka said she “accepted” that the election results showed her father lost to Joe Biden. The reason, she added, was that former Attorney General Bill Barr – who called Trump’s claims that the election was stolen “bulls—” in his own testimony – told her the results.

“It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said,” Ivanka said.

In his pre-recorded testimony, Kushner discussed threats by former White House attorney Pat Cipollone to resign ahead of the January 6, 2021 riots.

“I’m kind of, like I said, my interest at the time was trying to get as many pardons,” Kushner said. “And I know, you know, him and the team were always like, ‘Oh, we’re going to quit, we’re not going to be here if that happens, if that happens’, so I kind of agreed just whining, to be honest with you.”

Kushner’s testimony, Garza said, was “absolutely despicable” because it demonstrated that he did not believe those who put their conscience on their allegiance to the president were “a big deal.”

When asked what his message would be for the two, Garza looked at the camera and said, “Jared, Ivanka…yeah, it’s hard to stand up to a family member, a father, a step- father. But you could You could have avoided the bloodshed that took place, including the suicide what happened next.”

She continued: “People died, people are still hurting. You heard Caroline Edwards’ testimony. She is still hurt today. And many other officers are still hurting, physically and emotionally, from what happened. past 6.”

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As noted by Garza, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Edwards shared a heartbreaking account of being attacked by her fellow Americans during the riots.

“What I saw was just a scene of war,” Edwards, 31, said in prime-time testimony.

“It was something like what I had seen in the movies,” she said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. They were bleeding. They were vomiting. I saw friends with blood on their faces. I was slipping in people’s blood. I was grabbing people as they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos.

Describing it as “hours of hand-to-hand combat”, Edwards described how she was thrown to the ground and lost consciousness, picking her up to see that her fellow officers – including Officer Sicknick, who later died of injuries he suffered during the riots – were also struggling to protect themselves.

Elsewhere in his CNN interview, Garza noted that Prince William had sent him a letter after Sicknick’s death.

“Please excuse me if I inconvenience you, but I wanted to write to you and tell you how sorry I am for the death of your partner, Brian”, Prince William, 39, wrote in the letter. “Having recently watched documentary footage of the heartbreaking events that took place on Capitol Hill, I wanted to acknowledge Brian’s patriotism and selflessness.”

Garza praised Prince William as a “beautiful and wonderful person” and criticized President Trump for not reaching out in the same way.

“Former President Trump doesn’t give a damn about law enforcement or Brian, and yet Prince William took the time to reach out to me to honor Brian’s memory,” Garza said.

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