Special Counsel Mueller Looking at Ivanka Trump in Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to make his way into the investigation through the Trump family, and based on reports, it’s possible that President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, could be engulfed in his probe, Newsweek reports.

A Los Angeles Times investigation shows that Mueller’s team is looking into an interaction between a Russian lawyer and Ivanka Trump that took place during her fathers 2016 presidential campaign.

Ivanka didn’t attend the 30 minute meeting in June with Russian lawyers, so she’s been largely left out of the investigation until now. But she did, according to what a person familiar with the exchange told the LA Times, “briefly [speak] with two of the participants, a Russian lawyer and a Russian-born Washington lobbyist.”

Not many of the details of the encounter were known previously, but, according to the paper, we do know that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, spoke with Ivanka as they left the building. The talk “consisted of pleasantries,” a person familiar with the episode told the paper.

“But Mueller’s investigators want to know every contact the two visitors had with Trump’s family members and inner circle,” the LA Times wrote, which is why they’re seeking more information from Ivanka.

Four former members of President Trump’s campaign have already been brought down by Mueller’s probe, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, campaign official Rick Gates, ex-campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Manafort and Gates were both handed a 12-count indictment. Papadopoulos and Flynn both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their Russian contacts.

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