Mueller investigating Ivanka Trump for saying hello to Russians in elevator lobby

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Ivanka Trump over a brief elevator encounter with the two Russians at the center of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that she did not attend.

The Los Angeles Times broke the news this morning, with a report that Ivanka exchanged pleasantries with the Russian duo.

Investigators also are exploring the involvement of the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who did not attend the half-hour sit-down on June 9, 2016, but briefly spoke with two of the participants, a Russian lawyer and a Russian-born Washington lobbyist. Details of the encounter were not previously known.

It occurred at the Trump Tower elevator as the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, were leaving the building and consisted of pleasantries, a person familiar with the episode said. But Mueller’s investigators want to know every contact the two visitors had with Trump’s family members and inner circle.

Mueller long has sought to nail down details of the unusual gathering at the height of the presidential race between three of Trump’s top campaign aides – his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort – and Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin, plus a Russian language translator, a U.S.-based employee of a Russian real estate group, and a British music promoter with Russian business ties who helped bring the group together.”

The Times reported Mueller is looking at possible obstruction of justice by President Trump over his involvement in writing a press release about the meeting.

Mueller’s team is trying to determine if Trump and others involved in drafting the language aboard Air Force One knew it was inaccurate and whether it was aimed at deceiving federal investigators looking into whether the Trump campaign actively assisted a Russian intelligence operation aimed at interfering in the U.S. campaign.

…Mueller’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by Trump is also examining whether he improperly tried to shield his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, from an FBI investigation and then fired FBI Director James B. Comey to block the inquiry.

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, declined to comment Friday on the direction of Mueller’s inquiry. Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and in a tweet Friday again denounced allegations of collusion with Russia as “a total hoax.”

Complete Times article at this link.

Trump haters are naturally ecstatic at the news of Ivanka Trump being investigated by Mueller.

Not mentioned in the Times article is whether Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Tower elevator lobby security camera videos yet.

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Ivanka Trump's most talked about controversies of 2017

While President Trump normally gets the internet buzzing with eyebrow-raising comments and quick-response tweets, first daughter, Ivanka Trump, has also had her fair share of controversies in 2017.

She garnered criticism earlier this year for staying silent over her father’s “anti-women” actions and for failing to successfully advocate for policies that may bring change to issues such as closing the gender wage gap and women’s health. One of those critics was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

When asked if Ivanka Trump should be held responsible for her father’s actions, the former secretary of state claimed that everyone “associated” with President Trump should be held accountable and if they weren’t on-board with his views and policies, they should be “speaking out.”

Trump appeared to respond to all of these allegations by suggesting that it is not her White House role to steer her father in a specific political direction and told the Financial Times that people have “created unrealistic expectations” of her and her job in Washington. 

And although Ivanka Trump remained mostly silent on these issues, she did create some buzz surrounding Alabama Senate nominee, Roy Moore. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, the first daughter said there was “a special place in hell for people who prey on children” after allegations surfaced that Moore sexually abused multiple teenage girls.

Her comments drew criticism from far-right media outlet Breitbart, with its editor-in-chief claiming she should stay quiet, given the accusations against her own father. 

Check out more controversies the first daughter had in 2017 below:

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Newsweek’s Bizarre Ivanka Story Suggests Confederate Flag in Photo Background Is ‘Dogwhistle’

Newsweek, circling the drain of journalistic credibility, has resorted to immature rehashes of liberal social media clickbait, to bizarrely accuse President Trump daughter Ivanka of sending a “dogwhistle” signal to racist movements.

The headline suggests that the Trump family is responsible for the ideological content of flags on boats sailing near them while on vacation: “Oops! Ivanka Trump Vacation Photo Has Confederate Flag on Boat Behind Jared Kushner” was an alleged news story by Jessica Kwong, posted on Wednesday. The article was accompanied by an unrelated clip, “Confederate Symbols Across the U.S.”

In the morning after Christmas, first daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted photos of her husband, Jared Kushner, and son on a boat with the caption, “this fish is a trophy!” But many Twitter users were more interested in something in the background — a Confederate flag.

The controversial symbol of the Confederacy can be seen on a boat in the distance behind Kushner’s left shoulder, displayed alongside the American flag. Twitter users quickly attacked the first daughter, since President Donald Trump, her father, has a history of defending Confederate statues.

“Couldn’t find four photos without one? Or is this a dogwhistle?” tweeted Walter Shaub, who was director of the Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama.

Kwong circled back to Trump’s response to the August rally of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and shoehorned in rumors that Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner was in legal trouble.

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Another Twitter user said Kushner is spending time with his family “while he can,” alluding to a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians in the presidential election. Kushner was reportedly involved in a heavily scrutinized meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, fueling speculation that he could be implicated.

Kwong allowed a single line of reality to creep in near the end:

But some came to the first daughter’s defense. “Do you hold yourself accountable for the actions of the person driving next to you? If not, you’re a hypocrite,” another Twitter user said.

Although Kwong based her “news” almsot solely around Twitter responses, her own Twitter feedback was full of mockery and disbelief that a flag in the background of a vacation photo was being treated as an actual news event.


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Trump Wants Kushner and Ivanka Out of Washington

According to Vanity Fair, citing two unnamed Republicans, Trump is “frustrated with (son-in-law Jared) Kushner’s political advice in his capacity of senior advisor to the president, including his encouragement to back losing Alabama GOP candidate Luther Strange and to fire FBI Director James Comey, which Kushner denies.”

Trump urged Kushner and daughter Ivanka (first daughter and advisor to the president) to return to New York, “pressuring them to go,” according to an unnamed source.

He wants them out of the White House spotlight to avoid negative news coverage. They’re being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s witch-hunt Russiagate probe.

Reportedly, Trump told Ivanka: “Baby, you’re getting killed. This is a bad idea,” other White House staffers witnessing his comment, according to Vanity Fair.

Kushner’s influence is waning, Vanity Fair saying White House chief of staff John Kelly “clipped his wings” – under a system he instituted, requiring everyone go through him to see the president, including family members for official business.

Kelly reportedly was angered over Kushner’s trip to Saudi Arabia, meeting with crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) days before his power grad, arresting hundreds of princes, ministers and business figures, making it appear the White House involved with orchestrating what happened.

In June, MBS ousted his predecessor, gaining control over Riyadh’s military, security and economic portfolios, becoming crown prince, the next Saudi king when his father steps down, expected any time because of his age and ill-health.

Trump expressed approval of MBS’ power grab, tweeting: “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.”

“Some of those they are harshly treating have been ‘milking’ their country for years!”

Reportedly, Kushner and Ivanka are steering clear of chief of staff Kelly as much as possible since he established control over White House operations, including scheduling and daily activities.

According to knowledgeable legal experts, Kushner failed to list all foreign contacts he’s had on his national security clearance forms, nor a full account of his financial holdings and dealings.

Washington is no place for anyone wishing to maintain a low profile – nor New York for prominent figures like Trump and his family members since he entered the presidential sweepstakes.

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Report: Tillerson Snubbing Ivanka Trump's India Trip Amid Tensions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a top delegation to accompany Ivanka Trump to a business summit in India because he doesn’t want to promote her on the world stage, a State Department source has told CNN.

In her highest-profile international event yet, the first daughter is attending the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, sponsored by the State Department and India, next week. A theme of the summit is female economic empowerment. 

A senior State Department source told CNN that “no one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate” in the India trip. Tillerson’s staff “won’t send someone senior because they don’t want to bolster Ivanka,” the source said. 

Tillerson has a history of tension with the White House, and this could be the newest chapter. Donald Trump has appeared to contradict his secretary of state a number of times. The president threatened to “destroy” North Korea in a speech before the United Nations, for example, while Tillerson was counseling diplomacy. Trump said Tillerson was “wasting his time” on North Korea.

Tillerson also reportedly called Trump a “moron” after a summer meeting at the Pentagon with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials, according to NBC. Tillerson never specifically denied he used the word. Instead, he said at a press conference: “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.”

Ivanka Trump’s participation in the summit is already controversial. Hyderabad has forcibly removed thousands of beggars from the streets, and even jailed many, ahead of her visit. In the U.S., critics also question her credentials as a promoter of women in business. While her father touts “made in America” products, her own fashions are manufactured exclusively in overseas factories paying low wages, The Washington Post has reported. A Post investigation also found that her company “lags behind many in the apparel industry in monitoring the treatment of the largely female workforce.”

Last year’s summit in Silicon Valley included Secretary of State John Kerry. President Obama attended with a top delegation in Kenya in 2015.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Ivanka Trump Gets Schooled After Trying To Make A Point About Education

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and a White House adviser, wrote an op-ed for the New York Post about introducing tech education as early as kindergarten. 

She said tech in education was part of her “White House portfolio,”  a comment that didn’t go over well online, given that she has no expertise in either tech or education.

Many critics also referred to the unfolding email scandal surrounding Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, another White House adviser:  

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Ivanka’s Not Daddy’s Little Girl Anymore




Bannon says he was forced out by Ivanka. What side is she on? Oh, that’s right, I forgot about Kushner. Ivanka is definitely not Daddy’s little girl anymore.



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Ivanka/Jared Wanted Trump to Denounce White Nationalists ‘More Forcefully’

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were among those pushing President Trump to denounce neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charleston, Virginia, “more forcefully” — immediately raising suspicions about who had tipped the Times off to this scoop.

The Times’ White House correspondent Glenn Thrush tweeted about the couple’s stance in the wake of Trump’s rambunctious press conference at Trump Tower, in which Trump defended his recent statements about the protests and violence over the weekend.

“You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both on both sides. I have no doubt about it … if you reported it accurately, you would say that,” he said to a furious media.

Trump also condemned what he called the “alt-left” demonstrators that charged into the crowd of alt-right protesters without a protest permit.

“Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem?” he asked. “I think they do.”

In the wake of the presser, there appears to have been an effort to distance Ivanka and Kushner from the president’s stance.

Thrush tweeted that the pair had called on Trump “to more forcefully denounce neo-Nazis, KKK and white nationalists over the weekend.”

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The conveniently timed leak immediately raised suspicions that the scoop was a timely leak from Kushner and Ms. Trump, whose disagreements with the president are normally picked up by the press via “sources.”

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Anonymous Source Used to Slam Ivanka as Like 'Half-Wit Saudi Prince'

This is a good demonstration of the worst use of anonymous sources — not to provide sensitive and valuable information, but to insult people with no consequences. Yahoo News is circulating a report from Tom Porter of the dying husk of a magazine called Newsweek about how President Trump announced his daughter Ivanka would had the U.S. delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in southern India in November. Now, for comment, an anonymous insult comic: 

Bobby Gosh [sic], editor of the Hindustan Times tweeted that an Indian diplomat, whose name he didn’t reveal, remarked on Ivanka: “We regard Ivanka Trump the way we do half-wit Saudi princes. It’s in our national interest to flatter them.”

Gosh added: “Yes, it is a shame that the U.S. should be compared to a kingdom. But that is America’s shame, not Modi’s, or India’s.”

That would be Aparisim “Bobby” Ghosh, formerly a foreign correspondent for the other slightly less dead news magazine known as Time. Now imagine Ghosh using an anonymous source to mock Chelsea Clinton as a “half-wit” princess, and imagine whether Yahoo or Newsweek would consider that professional journalism.

Porter wrapped up the story by asserting that last month, “the former model was criticized for sitting in for her father at an official G20 function in Hamburg, Germany….Ethics experts have accused Trump of nepotism for appointing his daughter to a White House role. However Trump spokesman Jason Miller has claimed that the appointment is above reproach since Ivanka is unpaid for her advisory role.” 

[HT: Robert S.]

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WH Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Do Politics

WH Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Do Politics

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Host of Hardline Radio Show

On a recent appearance on Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump revealed that he role as “adviser to the president” doesn’t include dealing with politics.

Regarding what she advises her father on, Ivanka said: “I try to stay out of politics. His political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish.”

Ivanka explained she isn’t “a political savant” and because of her inherent ingornace she is comfortable leaving “the politics to other people.”

However, Ivanka asserted that she does “adviser [Donald Trump] on a plethora of things.”

Exactly what Ivanka advises her father on is difficult to access considering she hasn’t vocally opposed Trump on anything.

For example, while attending the 2017 W20 Summit, Ivanka attempted in vain to white-wash her father’s very public apathy toward women. When asked what her role as First Daughter means, she said “she didn’t know… and was learning.”

Ivanka tried to paint the image of her father championing women’s rights and empowerment in an op-ed piece published prior to the W20 Summit, individual empowerment is not the same as “deconstructing any of the underlying conditions that have led to the economic inequality faced by women today.”

And yet within days of that statement and according to internal White House documents , the Let Girls Learn program, an initiative begun under the Obama administration giving girls in developing nations opportunities to receive an education, “will cease operation immediately.”

This action is yet another example of how the Trump administration is showing little concern for women’s empowerment.

Journalist Jill Filipovic points out that “there is close to zero evidence” that Melania Trump or Ivanka have ever championed women’s rights or feminism.

For all the talk about women first, Ivanka was accused by a former employee of not offering maternity leave.

Filipovic explains: “Melania and Ivanka provide good cover for Trump’s misogyny because they’re palatable, conventionally feminine women: They’re docile and poised, they don’t make demands of men, and they are above all conventionally beautiful — white and thin.”

Back in March and prior to her official role at the White House, Ivanka was given a “West Wing office, government issued communications devices and security clearance access to classified information.”

She was there alongside her father during a visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Trump Tower while her company was seeking to close a deal with a bank owned by the Japanese government.

Ivanka was present during a vocational training meeting involving Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel , and was present during discussions at the White House involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – caught on camera sitting next to the Canadian leader.

Later it was confirmed that Ivanka was taking an official role as adviser, even though Ivanka was (and currently still is) benefitting financially from her private corporation.

Journalist Rachel Abrams points out that while Ivanka “handed over day-to-day control of her company to her top executive, Abigail Klem, and transferred its assets to a new trust overseen by relatives of her husband”, the particulars of this agreement “have not been disclosed” which causes concerns over how much control Ivanka still has “over the brand that bears her name”.

Based on information provided by Ivanka’s attorney, she is “the sole beneficiary” of a trust she set up called the Ivanka M. Trump Business Trust.

In addition, Ivanka “will no longer appear in advertisements” for her company, and has “separated her business and personal social media accounts.”

And while this sounds like a clean break, Ivanka will continue to “receive regular financial reports on her company” and her husband, Jared Kushner, and her sister-in-law were both named as trustees so there is no separation of Ivanka from her company.

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

Chief Editor | Investigative Journalist

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