Ivanka Trump is now being investigated by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller for her role in the infamous meeting that her brother Donald Jr. held with a Russian lawyer and others at Trump Tower in 2016, according to an article on The Hill today.
The Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, along with lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, met with Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka’s husband and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the President’s New York business headquarters during the presidential campaign after the Trump team was told that the Russians had “dirt” on Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton.
While Ivanka has not been reported to have attended the meeting, the new revelation is that Mueller’s team is looking into reports that Ivanka greeted and spoke with the Russians as they stepped off of the elevator in Trump Tower. There have been no previous reports of Ivanka’s direct involvement with the Russians at the meeting until now.
Mueller’s team is investigating all interactions between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians at that meeting as well as the financial connections between the businesses of both the Trump and Kushner families and the Russian customers of and investors in their real estate empires. The President and his son continue to maintain that the meeting was primarily to discuss the issue of American adoptions of Russian children.
The other major issue related to the meeting being investigated is whether the hastily issued press statement composed on Air Force One once the news of the meeting broke constitutes an attempt by the President of an obstruction of justice.
(WATCH) Trump just held a rare press conference at Camp David to address bombshell book
President Trump is obviously not capable of letting things just roll off his back. We’re well into our third day of Trump responding to the work of “fiction” that has consumed Washington all week – Michael Wolff’s searing tell all “Fire and Fury.”
In an effort to play it cool and totally not make this into a way bigger deal than it already is, Trump held a press conference at Camp David on a Saturday to respond to allegations that people think he’s an idiot.
Trump on 'Fire and Fury': "The libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong, it would be very helpful. You wouldn't have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/4feL4cFesU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2018
His performance hardly inspired confidence in his mental stability.
Earlier this morning, Trump launched one of his reliable tweet storms, calling himself a “stable genius,” which is not something most geniuses go out of their way to call themselves.
During the press conference, Trump pulled out the old playbook for dealing with close personal and professional connections who turn on him.
Like he’s done before with George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn, Trump claimed to not even know Michael Wolff, blaming any access to the White House he may have gotten on “Sloppy Steve” Bannon.
Trump has been in damage control mode all week following excerpts from and then the publication of “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff.
The book, by a noted journalist with a history of publishing this kind of searing expose, has captivated Washington and the country with stunning revelations about the inner workings of the Trump administration, or really the lack thereof.
Some of the biggest and most damning revelations include those that allege no one inside the Trump White House considers the president mentally capable of doing his job, and that in fact many people close to him regard his as everything from an “idiot” to a fool.
Trump has been aggressively denying these accusations on Twitter, through his lawyers, in the press, and now in person. It’s not exactly the behavior of a dignified President who is above petty rumor mongering. Seems like maybe Trump is bothered by the smear campaign because there’s a ring of truth to the smear?