The Los Angeles Times broke the news this morning that Robert Mueller is targeting Ivanka Trump for saying hello at the elevator with Fusion GPS-planted Russian duo, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, after their Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in 2016.
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.”
( Daily Mail ) Parents of students at a Connecticut high school say they were upset when First Daughter Ivanka Trump made an unannounced visit.
Some parents pulled their children from class on Monday, saying they were troubled they were not told in advance that President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser was paying a visit to Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School.
Karey Fitzgerald, of Norwalk, told News 12 Connecticut she thinks parents should have had the choice of whether to send their child to school.
‘This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,’ she added.
‘I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.’
Ivanka Trump and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty spoke with a handful of students at the academy. It runs on a program developed by IBM to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma, associate degree and develop technical skills.
Great visit to Norwalk Early College Academy today with @IBM CEO @GinniRometty. PTECH schools equip high school students with skills training in #STEM & Computer Science, enabling them to thrive in our modern economy. It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students! pic.twitter.com/BPYuoTffsK
Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon had a stark warning for Republicans who push back against President Trump’s “America First” agenda and who don’t have his back in the capital.
“There’s a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better,” Bannon said.
Bannon was addressing a packed event in Midland City, Alabama, a day before voters go the polls in the Alabama Senate race between Republican Judge Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
Bannon’s remarks are similar to those made by first daughter Ivanka Trump in the wake of allegations of sexual impropriety made against Moore in November.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Ivanka said in the wake of a bombshell Washington Post report detailing the allegations. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
Bannon said that had it not been for the Republican establishment throwing their weight against Moore in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him, he would be comfortably ahead.
“And let’s talk about who brought this on — the Republican establishment. This should be an absolute blowout except for what they did to Judge Moore, because they couldn’t stand being beaten in the first round,” he said.
Ivanka Trump is in Japan as speaker for World Assembly for Women. She was invited by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is set to leave one day before her father arrives here Sunday. The First Daughter is seen wearing a pink miniskirt suit. Is the skirt too short? Not if you are in Japan. Short skirt is normal in Japan.
Wrapping up a productive day of mtgs w/ FM Kono, Minister Kato & Minister Noda on workforce development & women’s economic empowerment 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/vnCFSkbB0W
Donald Trump reportedly blames his son-in-law, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, for his role in the decision to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman.
On a phone call Tuesday with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, “Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings of [former National Security Adviser] Mike Flynn and [former FBI Director] James Comey, that led to Mueller’s appointment,” according to a source who was briefed on the call.
On Monday, Mueller indicted Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort on 12 counts — ranging from making false statements to “conspiracy against the United States” — as part of the ongoing, so-called “Russia Investigation.” Richard Gates, Manafort’s deputy, was also charged.
The New York Timesreported that Kushner, along with his wife Ivanka Trump, also pushed Trump to hire Manafort, who was needed to fill the spot of Trump’s initial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, after Ivanka reportedly gave her father an ultimatum to fire him.
While Mueller’s charges bear no immediate connection to Trump or his campaign, Sherman reports that everyone in the West Wing “is freaking out,” with advisers “on edge,” “doing whatever they can not to be ensnared.”
“One person close to Dina Powell and Gary Cohn said they’re making sure to leave rooms if the subject of Russia comes up.”
On Monday, Ivanka Trump taped an episode of Dr. Oz set to air on Thursday. Ivanka revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, Arabella, who is now 6 years old.
The first daughter sat down with Dr. Oz for an interview about her life in Washington, DC, but surprised the audience when she commented on Hillary Clinton‘s newly released book, “What Happened,” an audience member told Page Six.
When asked how she felt about what was written in the book, Ivanka said she’d be curious to know what Hillary, 69, would do when she disagreed with husband Bill while he was president.
During the interview, Ivanka, 35, also revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, Arabella, who is now 6 years old. Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner are also parents to 1-year-old Theodore and 3-year-old Joseph.
“Was blown away by how beautiful and elegant Ivanka Trump was,” another audience member gushed on Facebook. “The highlight of the show was when Ivanka joked about taking over her father’s Twitter account. I’m surprised she even commented on [Hillary Clinton’s] book …”