Well, that escalated quickly. Just days ago, Ivanka Trump was merely facing the prospect of watching her father Donald Trump and her husband Jared Kushner try to destroy each other as they’re both hauled off to prison. Now, based on newly surfaced evidence, Ivanka could be facing something entirely different on top of all her other troubles: criminal money laundering charges of her own.
Yesterday the New York Times and the Paradise Papers revealed that two different Kremlin-connected Russian billionaires had poured significant amounts of money into businesses owned by Jared Kushner, one in 2010 and the other in 2014. Kushner has long been lying about these Russia investments. Respected political pundit Howard Dean thinks these revelations will cause Kushner to be indicted for money laundering. If he’s right about that, then Kushner won’t be the only one having to explain these Russian transactions to a court of law.
Ivanka and Jared got married in 2009. Both of these secret Russian investments, which total in the millions of dollars between them, took place since they got married. Imagine you’re Ivanka Trump, and your husband is taking in huge amounts of money from the Kremlin: is there any scenario in which you don’t know about it? So if these transactions by Jared do constitute money laundering or some related financial crime, Ivanka could be on the indictment hook right there with him.
This is in addition to widespread belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the Trump Organization’s ill fated financial deals with convicted Russian mafia money laundering figure Felix Sater. One of those deals, the Trump Soho project, looks particularly shady. That deal was spearheaded on the Trump Organization’s end by Ivanka Trump and her brother Donald Trump Jr. In other words, things are looking uglier for Ivanka by the day.
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