Ivanka's Turn: Democrats Ask for an FBI Review of Ivanka Trump's Security Clearance

From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, Ivanka Trump, and Alika Kinan, of Argentina, attend a 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. Kinan was one of eight individuals honored for their work to stop human trafficking. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

With everybody in the Trump realm getting pinched in the Russia probe, I wondered how Ivanka Trump was managing to keep her name out of the fray.

Her brother, her dad, and her husband have all managed to bumble their way into the broader Russia probe, but other than the general outrage of seeing an unelected liberal Democrat acting as the fill-in president when Daddy has to take a nap, Ivanka has not wound up on the radar of investigators.


That is, not until now.

Well, there you go.

They’re not being completely unreasonable. Her husband, Jared Kushner, has had to revise his security clearance paperwork several times, due to all the omissions. That doesn’t necessarily implicate her, but it does beg for an added measure of caution.

In the letter sent to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Democrat lawmakers suggest that the same serious issues that have befallen others may very well be a family thing.

“Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, has been a significant issue for the Trump administration,” the letter said.

The letter referenced the meeting held last year between Donald Trump Jr., White House adviser Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer, among others. It said no mention of the meeting was made on Kushner’s initial security clearance questionnaire.

“We are concerned that Ivanka Trump may have engaged in similar deception,” the letter said.

“For example, did she disclose her husband’s meetings with Kislyak and Gorkov? Did she disclose her brother’s and husband’s meeting with Veselnitskaya? Did she accurately disclose her own foreign contacts in her initial filing, which reports suggest may be numerous?”


Yeah, it was her turn.

I wouldn’t think that she would have to disclose meetings that were already a part of her husband’s paperwork. I could be wrong.

“Between them, the couple have been assigned expansive policy portfolios, even as they maintain a business empire that relies on foreign financing and manufacturing,” the letter said.

“The juxtaposition of their public and private roles may by murky and confused, but their obligation to disclose her families’ and her foreign contacts is not.”

That I can agree with.

Ivanka and Jared Kushner have been given an oversized role in the proceedings of our government. This is unlike anything we’ve experienced, where nepotism shapes policy.

Regardless of party, asking that her contacts outside of her role as Daddy’s conscience be investigated isn’t a bad thing.


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