Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to question Ivanka Trump about two different topics: her Russian contacts during the election and her newest Ivanka branded trademarks that were recently approved by the Chinese government. Details from Buzzfeed:
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the panel, said he would like staff on the committee to interview Ivanka Trump about “two separate national security questions.” First, Wyden said investigators should ask about BuzzFeed News’ reporting that Ivanka Trump connected the weightlifter, Dmitry Klokov, with her father’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was working on the Trump tower project, “and what her role might have been in that.”
The second issue, he said, is China’s recent decision to grant Ivanka Trump trademarks around the same time her father promised to help Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE, despite the US government having fined the company just last year for breaking sanctions and citing it as a threat to national security.
And, of course, Republicans who wanted to investigate what Hillary Clinton had for lunch are shrugging as Ivanka Trump is enriching herself while working in the White House.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the committee and the number-two Republican in the Senate, didn’t rule out the need to have Ivanka Trump come before the committee, saying he would need to consult staff before deciding whether it was necessary. He noted, however, that there does not appear to be anything illegal about her actions.
In other Ivanka news, for not having anything to do with the Trump International Hotel in D.C., they sure paid her handsomely while she “volunteers” her time in the White House as part-time first lady, part-time secretary of State, and part-time vice president.
Ivanka got $3.9 million from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, which means she directly benefited from all of the organizations and foreign governments booking events at that hotel to suck up to her father. She got more than $5 million from the trust that theoretically keeps her separate from conflicts of interest related to her clothing brand, a brand manufactured in countries that might possibly want to stay on her father’s good side. She got $2 million in severance from the Trump Organization. And so on. And maybe just maybe those Chinese trademarks might come in handy sometime.
All told, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump hauled in $82 million last year. Cha-ching! Corruption is fine work if you can get it. Especially when you have a majority party willing to look the other way.