Mueller Report: Ivanka was in on the Trump Tower cover-up
First daughter Ivanka Trump has long stayed above the fray of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
However, the Mueller report suggests that she was not only involved in the fateful Trump Tower meeting her husband, Jared Kushner, older brother, Donald Trump Jr., and convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, but also in the cover-up of the meeting after the fact.
The evidence of Ivanka Trump's role begins on page 98 of the report, which details the moment when "senior administration officials" learned about emails setting up the Trump Tower meeting intended to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Ivanka Trump, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, and former senior communications official Josh Raffel went to Trump personally to tell him that the emails about the Trump Tower meeting would soon be leaked, and they discussed "proactively" releasing them.
"Communications advisors Hope Hicks and Josh Raffel recalled discussing with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump that the emails were damaging and would inevitably be leaked," the Mueller report states.
The report states that when presented with the emails, Trump refused to look at them and said he "did not want to know about it."
However a few days later, Ivanka, Hicks, and Kushner went back to Trump, and Kushner, "told the President the June 9 meeting was not a big deal and was about Russian adoption, but that emails existed setting up the meeting" and that they would be "really bad" for the White House.
Trump again refused to talk about the issue.
The report goes on to say that Ivanka Trump actually attended the meeting, according to recollections from former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe.
"Gates recalled that the meeting was attended by Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Paul Manafort, Hope Hicks, and, joining late, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner," the report states.
The report doesn't say what Ivanka Trump said in the Trump Tower meeting, or in interactions with her father about the Trump Tower meetings.
But she clearly knew a lot more than she's let on.
Ivanka Trump is not the golden child she makes herself out to be.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.