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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Why is Ivanka being coddled by everyone?

by digby

She's the president's daughter. But she is also a senior White House adviser, a businesswoman who worked in her father's corrupt businesses and is married to another senior white house adviser. She has been involved up to her finely drawn eyebrows in all the Trump scandals, from the fraud to the campaign to the fact that she can't get a normal security clearance. And yet people are treating her as if she's little 8 year old Sascha Obama:

Cohen’s false testimony to Congress in 2017 ultimately did not include all of the provisos and caveats that Ryan said Lowell had asked for. They determined that Cohen going out of his way to be so specific about Ivanka's involvement would, in fact, have seemed awkward. Instead, Cohen’s commentary about Ivanka was boiled down to about one sentence.

Still, the revelation of Lowell’s involvement, as the e-mails suggest, in Cohen’s original testimony will likely be of interest to congressional investigators. After Cohen appeared before Congress for four marathon days last month, the House Judiciary Committee sent sweeping document requests to 81 individuals and organizations—many brought up by Cohen in his appearances—including Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Jared Kushner, the Trump Organization, and its C.F.O., Allen Weisselberg. Ivanka herself was not asked for documents, though 52 individuals and organizations were asked for documents related to Ivanka or her businesses. Many, like former attorney general Jeff Sessions, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, and former Trump bodyguard Matthew Calamari, were asked for documents that could pertain to conversations between Ivanka and foreign governments. Cohen was also asked for documents related to Ivanka and any potential emolument violations, discussions with foreign governments, financial transactions with the Russian government or businesses, the Trump Tower Moscow project, and changes made to his initial congressional testimony.

Since his appearance on Capitol Hill, Cohen has continued to cooperate with Congress and investigators in the Southern District of New York and the New York Attorney General's office, who are pursuing a number of investigations that focus on Trump, his family, and their business, including the hush-money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump, matters related to the presidential inauguration, whether the Trump Organization inflated insurance claims in the past, and if the president offered Cohen a pardon.

The e-mail between Cohen and his attorney about his testimony sheds light on the potential new avenues for investigators to probe, as the country settles into a post-Mueller universe. One stunning feature of the saga so far is that, while the president and his family have remained unscathed, they’ve left a trail of wreckage in their wake. Paul Manafort is set to serve about six years in prison. Roger Stone awaits trial as Michael Flynn and Rick Gates anticipate their sentences. Cohen, of course, is set to report to serve his three-year sentence at the beginning of May. Equally stunning is the number of documents Trump’s former associates have saved, and how willing they’ve been to share those receipts with investigators.

I guess they all thins she's a "red line" that will make Trump blow his stack, as if that means anything. Or maybe they just thinks she's a nice young mom who doens't deserve to be implcated in all this unpleasantness. But she is a grown woman who chose to do what she is doing and it's ridiculosu that she isn't in the hot seat like everyone else is.

He involvement in the business was deep and it was important. She was the face of much of their fraudulent development projects where they lied repeatedly about how much money of their own they had into them and got big loans based on fraudulent claims about how much of their project had been sold. She's the apple of her daddy's eye --- and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.