The NY Times has blown wide open a story on Russian collusion and the Trump Administration involving business woman and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump. Of all members of the Administration and campaign for the presidency, Ivanka was thought to be one who would escape scrutiny – but after the Times dug deep, they have now uncovered a direct link which will no doubt prove to be problematic for the First Daughter.
TPL News reports that in emails obtained by the New York Times, Felix Sater wrote to Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen regarding building a “Trump Tower” in Moscow, saying: “I will get Putin in on this program and we will get Donald elected.”
Despite Trump’s repeated attempts to disavow any knowledge of Sater — though Felix Sater helped to finance the much maligned Trump SoHo project and held an office in Trump Tower — he will not go away from the zeitgeist. In particular, he is playing an increasingly troublesome role for Donald Trump, an arguably delightful role for Robert Mueller.
Here’s the bad or good part, depending on your point of view: In addition to stating that somehow Vladimir Putin would be responsible for installing Donald Trump as president, the emails from the Times also show Sater proclaiming, “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins [sic] private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. If he says it we own this election. Americas most difficult adversary agreeing that Donald is a good guy to negotiate.”
Trump has made no secret of his distaste for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, most recently posting a Twitter message on Wednesday morning accusing Mueller of “viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts.”
While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
In an interview with ABC News, Trump’s 37-year-old daughter Ivanka, who is also a White House assistant to her father, joined the elder Trump is his attack on the Mueller investigation. But some evidence suggests that Ivanka Trump’s call to quickly shut down the Russia investigation comes not simply from concern for her father — but that she could be implicated in the probe herself.
Ivanka Trump has been brought directly into the fray, but still maintains she has never actually met with Vladmir Putin and only ever visited the Kremlin as part of a tour of Red Square. Ivanka Trump claims to not remember whether she sat in Putin’s chair during the tour, although she admitted that it was possible.
Ivanka Trump did, however, vacation with her old friend Wendy Deng in August 2016. Guess who she is? scroll down!
Deng is the former wife of Rupert Murdoch and current girlfriend of… Vladimir Putin.
Although the Mueller Russia investigation could also reach Ivanka Trump, there has been no public indication that she is a subject or target of the probe. Nonetheless, her work on the presidential transition team could prove to be an area of vulnerability for the president’s daughter, who has presidential aspirations herself.
According to a New Yorker Magazine investigation published last year, Ivanka Trump was an outspoken backer of retired General Michael Flynn, who became Donald Trump’s first national security adviser —and was quickly fired when his own Russia ties became public.
At one meeting chaired by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ivanka Trump “took over,” bringing Flynn uninvited to the meeting over Christie’s objections, according to a Business Insider account. Despite the fact that Christie considered Flynn “too risky” for a position in Trump’s administration, Ivanka Trump — citing Flynn’s “amazing loyalty” to her father — turned to Flynn and said, “General, what job do you want?”
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about the FBI regarding his own Russia contacts, and in a plea deal with Mueller, agreed to provide information in the Russia investigation and testify in upcoming trials in exchange for a lighter sentence. Flynn is set to be handed that sentence on December 18, according to Politico.
But Flynn did not make his contacts with Russian officials simply on his own. As part of his deal with Mueller, he admitted that “a senior member of the Trump transition team” ordered him to contact the Russians, according to a PBS News account.
Flynn did not identify the senior transition team member, at least not in his initial admission. Whether he has since told Mueller’s investigators the name of the person who directed him to contact the Russians is not yet clear. Ivanka Trump was a member of the transition team executive council.
Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner — now a senior White House adviser — attempted during the transition period to create a secret line of communication, or “back channel,” with the Russian government, according to Politico. While Kushner was reportedly unsuccessful, the “back channel” would have been shielded from eavesdropping by the United States intelligence agencies. Why Ivanka Trump’s husband wanted the super-secret channel of communication with Russia also remains unclear, though Kushner’s attempt has also likely been a topic of interest to Mueller.